PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 September, 2009, 12:00am

Well-being is ordinary life

Some people believe well-being is all about having plenty of money, while others think it is about having lots of friends. But, for me, just having an ordinary life is enough.

Some people might find an ordinary life boring. You do routine tasks that never change. Some might even hate it because of the lack of challenges.

But I think it is a kind of well-being, even if you are not aware of it.

You do not need to worry about anything because things don't change drastically.

Everyone can have well-being. It is much easier to have than they realise. The main point is to be content with your life.

Demual Leung

Experience teaches the value of things

Recently my school held its school union elections.

I was a member of the student union last year. Now I feel I have been relieved of a heavy burden, even though the job was enjoyable.

As someone with experience, I looked at the candidates this year in a different way.

When I was in Form One to Five, I didn't pay much attention to the student union. I didn't even understand why anyone would put so much effort into it. I ignored the union while people were actually working hard for me.

After having served in the union, I now know it is worthwhile.

I learned more about my school and how to organise big events as part of a team. I became be more confident, among many other things. I have gained a lot.

If I hadn't had this experience, I wouldn't understand the feelings of those former students.

When I looked at the candidates this year, I could feel their devotion and enthusiasm. Just because I was no longer a member did not mean that the election was none of my business. Experience makes people grow up and become mature.

Ho Ka-ching, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Drug testing will be a deterrent

The voluntary drug-testing scheme has become a controversial issue, with people arguing heatedly for or against it. But I don't think the aim of the scheme is to find out who uses drugs.

Drug testing should act as a deterrent to teenagers who might try drugs. As most young people try ketamine or other drugs out of curiosity or a fear of being isolated by their friends, drug testing is a reminder of the consequences.

Secondly, the scheme provides teenage drug addicts with a way to seek help. Sometimes, drug users are too young and not brave enough to tell others their problem.

With the scheme in place, social workers will be able to reach out to the youngsters more easily.

Lastly, the scheme has raised awareness of the seriousness of teenage drug abuse. People used to avoid this sensitive topic. We should face the problem before it gets out of control.

Moonar Tsoi, Tak Nga Secondary School

Learning a lesson

When I was 10, I was on the school badminton team.

At the beginning, I was very good at badminton. I won every time so I became over-confident and didn't practise anymore.

One time, I played a game and easily won. Perhaps I came across as too arrogant because after the game my opponent suddenly hit me on the arm. I had to go to hospital.

It was a very unpleasant experience, but I learned a lesson - don't be arrogant.

If you are good at something, keep practising and training, and don't look down on those who are not as good as you. You should be humble.

Yeung Chi-fung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College