A full time doctor, a musician, a part-time model, and a virtuous Muslim, Mesty Ariotedjo believes that the most important thing in life is to have strong values as guidance to live life to the fullest.
Spending most of her time as a doctor and a researcher in a local hospital in Indonesia, Mesty focuses on working at a clinic for children and doing research on medicinal treatments. She's also been actively involved in helping families in a community as a coordinating doctor. "In this community, I specialise in four non-communicable diseases -- osteogenesis imperfecta, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Turner syndrome, and diabetes type 1 in chilren. I like to help others," says the lady who loves to do social work with pride.
"I recently held a concert called "Children in Harmony" and launched an album to raise funds to support basic education in Flores," adds the young woman, who was appointed the youngest Indonesian delegate to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January. Mesty's also been actively involved in Global Shapers Community, a network of young individuals at the WEF with exceptional potential, achievements, and drive to contribute to society. "To me, my parents and the environment where I grew up have played crucial roles in my life. My parents have instilled into me Islamic values, and I am grateful to be educated in such a way. I always try to follow and do what I believe is best for me and also for others," says Mesty, who is also a harpist, flutist, and pianist.
As a devout Muslim, Mesty embraces Ramadan like others, refraining from food and water, and leveraging it as a moment to introspect. "During Ramadan, I also learn about Islam intensively by reading and interpreting the verses of Koran. With this religion, I try to keep everything in line with the values onto which I hold and the principles in which I believe. Although I was born into a Muslim family, I also tried to learn about other relgions because I think they teach me about the world as a whole. I believe that all religions teach goodness. But all the Islamic rituals and faith I embrace have brought me confidence, and made me a better person and do good things in a Muslim way." It's not without reason that she brought up the fact that she was exposed to learning world religions because she went to a Catholic school for seven years before attending an Islamic school for three years and state schools.
"But most importantly, every year I try to focus myself on different things that I think I'm still lacking in. For example, this year, I felt that sometimes I can be a very impatient person, so my focus this Ramadan is that I will try to understand myself better by being more patient and tolerant towards others. With this, I hope that I can be a better person -- a better individual in every aspect, and will be able to understand more about Islam. Every year, I take time to reflect, especially during Ramadan, and to learn from all endeavours from the year earlier. And at the end of Ramadan, I will do some self-evaluation," she adds.
"There is an interesting research that I want to share!" says Mesty during the interview abruptly. She then talked about how University of Missouri did research on the "God spot" on humands. These researchers found that people who suffer from brain injury on the right side have higher spiritual values. This is because the right hemisphere is more focused on self-orientation. With interference on that part, the tendency to focus on oneself is reduced, and these people will be better in enabling themselves to have spiritual connection with their religion or their belief. "Just like playing the piano, for us to feel closer to God and to increase the value of spirituality, we must train or practise continuously. To me, the month of Ramadan is a moment of focus and train myself more, both in terms of increasing the value of my spiritual self and of becoming more beneficial to others."
On Eid al-Fitr, "I really cherish the hectic morning on the Idual Fitri day. Usually, we rush ourselves to do the morning prayer and do pilgrimage to the burial sites of our deceased family members. My family will then gather together in my grandmother's house, when we treated ourselves to my delicious grandmother's home-cooking, which consists of ketupat, fried offal, ox knuckle soup, and obviously the laughter and happiness that we share with the family," she concludes.