someone I admire the most: Kung-Fu Panda


One essay composition topics that comes around all the time is: describe someone you admire and why. Even college essays and MBA or graduate school applications and interviews still ask that question. Answers might give a clue to the individual’s values and principles. I’ve always had trouble answering that question however. Sure, I admire Hilary Clinton and Angela Merkel, or Hitler for that matter, for creating an impact in the world and influencing many others. And then there was Dennis Rodman and Usain Bolt, Andreas Bocelli, Robert Frost, and William Blake etc. Yet, I don’t have one person I admire the most to the extent that I want to be like them – until Kung-Fu Panda arrived…
The second Kung-Fu Panda that came out especially reminded me of me – Peacock Shen’s thirst for power, authority and status. I like things, pretty things, sparkly things, shiny things, comfort, fine food, and fine wine amongst others. To acquire these things I needed money. So I tried to make money via a career and slowly I started to possess the things I wanted: I bought shoes, handbags, diamonds, make up; I frequented Michelin restaurants and bought cases of wines from around. I desired new titles, more power, more authority, so I can get promoted and make even more money.

I bought .50 ct diamonds; then after a while I wanted 1 ct diamonds at Grade D. I bought bags at USD50 then eventually I started looking at USD500+ bags. I went from Manager to Vice President to Associate Director equivalent. More and more and more: 40 pairs of shoes are not enough so I bumped it up to 50, to 60 – how many pairs do I actually wear? Well none these days really since I’m not out so often. But I did not remember that when I walked through the streets, as I focused on those things I did not have and were still on display on store windows, rather than the abundance I already possessed.

So I kept chasing, and perpetually felt empty and lost for what I cannot buy.

The reason I suffer and feel pain is because I have desires. Because I knew what it was like to want and possess things, in relative terms; and not having them upset me.

So how do I rid myself of desires?

It is not at wrong to like “things” and want them, I believe, but more so the emphasis we place on them.

We cannot see clearly what is essential in life because material goods are like ripples that distort the real imagee. As Oogway would say “your mind is like this water, my friend. When it gets agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”


The pain in me came from my want of all things. I “suffered” only because I could not have what I wanted and my desires never ceased. The problem was within me.

Now that I realize what the problem is, I can make changes. What Po said to Lord Shen at his point of juncture made me shudder to the bone, for I have to admit I hold the key to my own well-being, and it is only I who can make the decision to change.

Profoundly, the chubby panda remarked: “You go to let go of the stuff from past, because it just doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.”

These decisions could set me back or move me forward; it could give me health or deteriorate my condition further. Finding calm and understanding that things cannot bring me happiness, could potentially be my path to inner peace and happiness.

Maybe there is something else that prevents you from achieving your inner peace, and and whatever you have done before does not matter.

The zen of Kung-Fu Panda is what I want. Po is who I admire the most and want to be like.

Inner peace… just got to get this thing going…


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  2. Rory says:


    I, too, loved the scene with the agitated water. In fact, I thought Oogway was a wonderful character. Of course, I especially liked the interchange that went:

    Po: Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.

    Oogway: Quit, don’t quit? Noodles, don’t noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”

    “Noodles, don’t noodles,” makes me smile every time, and then he follows it up with something really joyous.

    And perhaps the whole “There is no secret ingredient” thing was obvious, but it was no less brilliant for it.

    What a great movie, and quite right to have Po as a most admired someone.

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Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.