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if you have a passion, you shouldn’t let the opinions of others stop you from pursuing it


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I am very grateful that I get to grow up in a safe and healthy environment where I don’t have to worry about anything, and that I am protected and cared for. I am also very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to learn to play different musical instruments.

Among all the instruments that I have come across, I really like the recorder. It is not widely appreciated. I like playing the recorder because of its uniqueness. In Hong Kong, there aren’t that many people who play the instrument at a serious level, and there is a perception that it is only played by primary students when they are bored.

However, what people don’t realise is that the recorder is easy for anyone to pick up but difficult to really excel at. It’s precisely because of this that people look down on those who play the recorder, and I always dread having to tell
people that I play this particular instrument.

Eventually, I told myself that there was nothing wrong with playing the recorder, and decided not to hide the fact. I also started performing in front of other people and taking part in different music competitions.

While the topic of my video isn’t Earth-shattering, it’s important to convey the message that people shouldn’t look down on others so easily. Every person is unique.

The recorder might only be a musical instrument, but it is an indispensable part of my life. In the same way, I believe that all children are unique and deserve respect, love and care.

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge