The longest journey begins with a single step

“The longest journey begins with a single step ” – that is the inspiring quote I am using as the opening epigraph for my book of Bound Feet Blues.

It is apt for the topic of bound feet and in particular the pain of walking in bound feet – but also encompasses any endeavour we may try.

Step by step.

That is what got Cheryl Strayed through her thousand mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, as portrayed in her book and the movie of the same name, Wild. That is how my great-grandmother escaped an unhappy marriage in China, on her bound feet, to make a new  life in Malaya. This quote was what I kept in mind when I first took my writing seriously and I had a postcard with those words above my desk as I wrote my first novel The Flame Tree. I bear it in mind now as my creative team and I work through all the different steps needed to bring Bound Feet Blues to full production later this year.

Step by step – and you can achieve anything…


About Yang-May Ooi, writer/ performer

Yang-May Ooi, is a creative artist whose work explores the transformational power of personal narrative. She has been an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author and acclaimed story performer. Her current project is a solo story performance Bound Feet Blues, scheduled for Nov/ Dec 2015.
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Photo: from my personal album – created on LiveLoveCreate and via Instagram

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