After finishing graduate school in Arizona, I decided to move out to New York City and find a vehicle to pursue my passion.
The journey became a pursuit of storytelling. It became a journey of understanding our true humanity.
We are all of the same essence. We experience hatred, jealousy, anger, suffering, passion, love, and joy. We live in a world where we embrace comfort to avoid suffering. Yet, suffering is inevitable on the human journey. Suffering is necessary for our humanity. It nurtures the noblest virtues mankind is capable of: love.
Viktor Frankl was a holocaust survivor. In the depths of extreme suffering, he shares his account of an experience while working in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Man’s Search for Meaning:
“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. The salvation of man is through love and in love. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, ‘The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory….’”
I don’t know what all that means. But I think that it’s beautiful.
This became a journey telling stories of how great the human spirit is.
Though I do not know what lies ahead for me; this I know: ‘Twas a journey of how I have fallen in love with humanity.
be brave and take courage,
Hoai-Huong Tran is part of the Film Fatales chapter in New York City and studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Thereafter, she graduated from A.T. Still University with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Certificate in Public Health. She currently works as physician assistant in General Surgery at Mount Sinai in Manhattan.