The key is 'knowing'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 May, 2010, 12:00am

I am a Form Six student. I was depressed over the past few weeks so I thought about the true meaning of life. We have a packed schedule, which includes homework, tutorial classes, and piano and swimming lessons. We seldom have time to take a deep breath and think about what we are really looking for in our lives.

I felt that studying was meaningless and exhausting because, despite all my efforts, I just could not make any progress. But things changed after I talked to a person who I respect a lot. She asked me what's really important in my life.

I thought about it and realised that we ignore others' feelings because of our never-ending desire for money and success.

After that, I was inspired. Many of us cannot handle the daily stress and have no clear goal in life. It's time for all of us to stop for a second and find the source of happiness.

Clara Wong Ho-yi, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Clara. As students head towards their end-of-year exams, the pressure will be intense. Some of that is pressure put on them by their parents' expectations. But most of it is internal pressure - the need to succeed. Once these exams are over, however, they will feel the great burden lifted from their shoulders, and hopefully they will have the time to pause and think about what is important to them.

There is a very good expression in English - the world is your oyster. It means you can get whatever you want from your life. For young people about to step into adult life, this is especially true.

The key, as you discovered, is to find out what it is you want.

Susan, Editor