Last week, I’d asked for time off from camp to head back to NUS to share something close to my heart. I spoke to an audience filled with students from secondary school, jc & poly – students who are still very impressionable and figuring out their own journeys – and shared my story. I shared about my time in uni, the opportunities I’d grabbed while in NUS – a 2nd chance granted after dropping out of ANU – but more importantly, I shared the message: You do you.
In a world where multiple voices are telling you what you must be, it has become necessary to pick out from the noise what truly matters, and shouting out when you have a message of your own that goes against the norm. I’ve seen how we are unconsciously setting our expectations based on what others – be it family, friends or elders – perceive is best for us, what we see on (social) media – conveniently forgetting that it’s never the whole truth – and what’s in trend at the moment.
Many people who are successful and have purpose in their lives have had to struggle their way through. I have paid a very high price to be where I am today, and I am still learning to make peace with my pain and struggles, to continue to be a work-in-progress and not be complacent. Some days I lie in bed refusing to get up, and wondering if I should just give up the fight cos that’s the easy way out. My path isn’t the one my brothers will take, nor was it the one my bestfriend have taken. We’re all taking different paths, and that’s okay. We’re all different in our own rights.
“I’m not trying to turn you into me. I’m trying to turn you into you.” – Kung Fu Panda 3 ❤
Thank you Jom ke NUS by PBMUKS for inviting me to share my voice. Thank you to those from the audience that day who’d taken time to reach out to me via email/dms & share how my voice have helped you. May Allah bless all our journeys and never leave us to our own affairs, and may we be of benefit to the world. Remember, when you’ve gone through the door, it’s a duty to keep the door open and help others through as well.