Category Archives: Reflection

On Having Faith in the Universe

I really did not think it through when I decided to spend my 21st birthday alone. It was a milestone age I’ve been low-key looking forward to hit and one impulsive decision after another led me to waking up in a dimly-lit hostel room because the lamp was broken and my room was located in the basement.

There are so many instances this year that really left me wondering if I took a right turn or if I just completely swerved off the highway without realizing it until it was too late and I was low on gas. I never thought I would dread spending my birthday alone. After all, I’ve always been (and probably will continue being) sort of a lone ranger. I tried to rationalize my frightened feelings by blaming it on my fatigue, but I have never felt so afraid of spending one day alone.

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In the Name of Love

Over the course of my life, I have been blessed by actions of love. My parents have worked hard to send me to school, my friends shower me with laughter and nights out, and I’ve also been fortunate to have so many other people care about my wellbeing.

Over the years, I have also been victims of people claiming to do their actions under the name of love. I’ve had people doing bold actions claiming they did it for me when it, in fact, shoved me into a corner with no way out. I’ve had people force their ideals on what they think is best for me when it ended up hurting me back then and also in the years to come. They did it out of love and probably meant it—they are definitely not bad people, but it was a bad course of action which had bad impacts.

So when officials tell you their (what seems like) plans for their serving term is done out of love for their city, their country, their religion—don’t blindly believe them.

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Success that Matters

It’s easy to confuse the meaning of achieving something that truly matters to you with whatever society perceives as success. In my recent experiences in HKUST and Warwick’s Business Schools, it’s considered successful to secure a job in investment banks or in consulting. In certain cultures, success is the day you purchase your first house. In others, it’s getting a college degree.

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