Have you ever been in a situation where you're struggling, but there's no one around to help?
Do you sometimes feel abandoned and grumble that everything is always your responsibility? Let me share a story with you.
There once was an oyster who lived happily under the sea. One day, some sand got into her shell. Although it was just a grain of sand, it caused a lot of pain.
Did she blame the harsh workings of fate that had put her in such a desperate state? Did she curse the sea for not protecting her when she was in need?
'No!' she said to herself. 'Since I cannot remove the sand, I will try my best to improve it.'
For years, she coated the sand with a smooth, shiny covering. The tiny grain of sand that once bothered her so much turned into a beautiful pearl, glimmering in the sea.
The world is full of suffering, but it's also full of ways for people to overcome their pain.
Some people choose to evade their problems, while others welcome them as a challenge.
Some people always rely on help while others stand up bravely on their own. Why don't we all do what the oyster did with the grain of sand?
Alfred Tennyson, a British poet, once said: 'Man is man and master of his fate.'
Facing hardship is never a bad thing. Allowing hardship to govern your life is what makes you miserable.
Dealing with hardship makes you a stronger person and gives you the chance to discover your potential.
Don't be afraid of hardship. Be ready, like an oyster, to overcome any problems.
Vienna, 18, of Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Division), is a member of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association