How many of you are from Melaka?
How many of you have lived in Melaka for at least half a year?
How many of you have been to Melaka?
How many of you know about Melaka?
How many of you DON'T know about Melaka?
If you don't know anything about Melaka, it only means you just threw away all your history classes that you evern attended. :P But that's no big deal...
Firstly, I went back to Melaka (not my hometown, i don't really have a hometown per se) to meet up with my primary school friends. It's been nearly 10 years since i've met up with them. This time it was special because our form teacher, who transfered to Puchong years ago, came down to visit. It was quite a meeting and many people have changed more than a little since we went our seperate ways on the virge of secondary school.
Surprisingly, the two rascals of them class, those causing non-stop trouble, turned out to be doing very well. One of them was working in a cafe, had learned how to use the Internet to the proportions using friendster and online messaging. Of course, this feat is considered nothing in an urban setting like KL, but in Melaka, when coming from a family that is seriously riding on the waves of poverty and having not completed formal education, and from knowing this person from primary school, it is a feat that is amazing. Even the change in character was extremely stunning. Seeing how people manage to adapt and mature with their surroundings never fails to surprise me. It also provides some glimmer of hope that there is still some good in everyone.
The other rascal, who was seriously the "gangster" stereotype in class, had become a supervisor (managerial level). No different from the other "rascal", he had changed in personality; from a evil version of Denise the Menace to a well-groomed, proper individual who people could grant respect.
(Damn it's freezing cold in level 4!!!!!)
Turns out that in college, with the change of education system, i was the one among them who managed to benefit more from the change of leaning environment. Maybe it's in my personality and attitude towards my goals in life, but i find college life like a challenge, and not a chore i have to finish to precure a degree.
I found out that i have another classmate studying in Subang and there is even one who's already graduating soon, from HELP too! I never even saw him in HELP before. But he's from the business department, so it makes sense. Plus his change would have totally screwed up my recognition of him in public. Among classmates, i could at least have fewer selections to go through in my memory. In public, you just don't notice these things, because it would be so unapplicable - so ironic.
My teacher, is trying to learn English. She teaches primary school, teaching Chinese, so it makes sense if her English is not very good. But since the implementation of the Math and Sciences in English, she's decided that she has to improve her profficiency in the language.
Humans adapt and change. I believe that is the most powerful tool given to any living being. The ability to change to suit an environment is a pinnacle tool for survival. Factors like intelligence, that is most celebrated for survival, only further strengthens the ability to change appropriately. You might be smart, but if you can't use it, you're still one step slower.
Then there's the issue of pursueing our goals in life. I know that it's not easy to really find where you want to go in life. But once you do, it's a matter of perseverance and determination on that long road ahead of you. Though in most cases the first step is the hardest - this one included. How neurological processes of how people find their passions in life, is still perhaps a mystery. But it's just an instinctive nature that'll bring it out. When we do find it, we just want to grab on to it. Though, one must make sure that perseverance and determination are present at all times when pursuing that goal. Or else, it's very easy to give up.
Be wary of pushing yourself over the limit and also losing yourself in that private race to the finish. Sometimes, we just push too hard that we end up tripping down and losing a limb here and there. At other times, we get lost and other influences are given priority. Losing yourself is not a very nice thing. People see the change in your, but mostly you can't see what's happening to yourself until it becomes too late. That's why it is important to always give yourself time to refresh so that you can regain focus on your goal.
Be wary, you might just find yourself tumbling down and risk never getting up again...
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