The point is to keep on walking

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 March, 2012, 12:00am


One Saturday I went hiking with my friend, Amy. We wanted to start from Central and go up to the Peak. We didn't bring a map, and we didn't know the way. So we just decided to follow the tram track. Soon we realised we had picked a really difficult path. Though we were exhausted, we didn't give up. We kept walking and walking. Finally, we arrived at The Peak.

You may think that Amy and I were silly for not taking a mini-bus or taxi when we realised we had a tough climb ahead of us. But I look at it differently. Life is just like hiking. There are many challenges and difficulties along the way. We face a lot of crossroads and have to choose the right one.

Sometimes we might choose a wrong turn. But if we keep focusing on our goal and don't give up, we'll arrive at our destination in the end.

Lorraine Chan Sin-tung, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Lorraine. Your attitude to your recent hike is very refreshing - sometimes we can't plan life down to the smallest detail. Sometimes we have to go with the flow, and see where the wind carries us.

There is a time and place for planning - but there is a lot of room in life for leaving things to chance, and just seeing where life takes you.

One note, though: when you're going hiking off the beaten track - not on a well-worn path such as the one from Central to The Peak - make sure you properly map out your route, and let people know where you are going. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, and bring a first-aid kit, plenty of water and some high-energy snacks. You don't want to be one of the many people who have to call for rescue.

Karly, Deputy Editor