Today, I am simply overwhelmed with feelings of immense gratitude. I have just so many countless things to be thankful for. And today, I wish to focus on my privilege being a student of my school.
Being a student of my school, I just feel extremely thankful to be given opportunities to meet such inspirational and passionate figures, and most of all, opportunities to explore ways in which I can serve the community/ society — both the environment and people.
1. Today, I had the very wonderful opportunity to listen to a talk by Dr Tan Lai Yong, a Christian medical missionary doctor. I feel that I have gained so much insight from his talk, and his talk effectively served as a reminder that our talents do not belong to us, but to society and to God. Who are we to use our talents and gifts from God for self-seeking, selfish purposes? Our purpose in life is to make use of these bestowed gifts to better the community, serve others and through all these, serve God. :) Listening to Dr Tan was an extremely humbling experience.
* Disclaimer: Dr Tan did not mention anything about Christian teachings during the talk, due to the secular context, however, this was just my personal takeaway!
2. I also had the honor of visiting the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) today for my Geography coursework. I had an amazing time getting to know and talking to the education executive, Ms Maggie Lim. She is such a passionate, down to earth and kind person with a big heart for animals — I am truly humbled. First and foremost, I can feel her love and sincerity towards advocating for animal rights. I think that is the most important — that in everything we do, we do with love and sincerity. She provided me with a lot of insight into the issue of dolphin captivity and factors so as to why people continue supporting marine life parks with captive dolphins. For that, I am thankful, and I hope that my study can go a long way in helping make a difference in the welfare of dolphins. Most important takeaway from my meeting with Ms Lim was her passion. I think she really struck me with her passion and kindness towards animals. She emphasized the importance of empathy (which I truly believe is key to having convicted belief and to taking action!) and mentioned that making a change in our daily lives such as diet was not difficult once we understood the pain the animals had to go through. I think her little actions stemming from her beliefs speak volumes about her heart. I am extremely grateful to have been able to meet her today. Life long lessons learnt.
3. I have been given many opportunities and platforms to advocate and explore my passions. If you have been following my blog for some time, you would have known that another issue I hold very dearly to my heart is poverty. And with poverty, comes the key to breaking this vicious cycle — education. Literacy is key to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. Because I am thankful for my own education, I want to make a difference in the lives of many other girls who may not be as privileged as I am due to oppression and gender inequality. But being here in my school, I have been given this platform to advocate for girls’ education and raise funds for this worthy cause. I am truly thankful. Other opportunities include this study that I am conducting — about dolphin welfare and dolphin captivity, an issue that I have held close to my heart for a long time now.
4. I am very thankful for C who taught me when I was a still a ignorant little Year One. She has been an inspiration to me and impacted me to make a difference in this world. I am also so grateful to her for imparting the values of the discipline of Geography to me, without which, I cannot imagine how I would be living my life now — trampling on plants, trees, the list could go on forever.
Being a student of my school, I admit that the workload and stress can peak at an unbearable point at times. The uniform looks glamorous, the school has a reputation of academic excellence, and rich history of more than a century. However, today I strongly feel that being a student here (I will not reveal due to privacy reasons), everything means so much more than just the glory of donning that rich navy pinafore and the honor of being in student of _ _ _.
“Where are you schooling at?”
“_ _ _.”
“Wow! You must be very clever/smart/talented.”
“Haha, no la.” (Chinese culture states that we must deny compliments due to humility — I am just joking; and secondly, I am far from intelligent. I believe that I am simply determined, hardworking and just very blessed. ^^)
To round off, I am feeling so immensely grateful for all these wonderful people, opportunities and gifts God has placed in my life. I am thankful beyond words and am certain that I will use my gifts in a way that is not self-seeking, but to serve others with compassion and gratitude for what I have.