When you know what your goal is, stick with it and be ready to fight for it

Wong Ho-wang believes in choosing your own path – even if it isn’t the one others want you to take

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Once Ho-wang discovered his love of music, he wasn’t prepared to give it up.

I have never really been someone who has much resolve or dedication. In the past, I gave up on things easily. Growing up, my family always made sure I was well-behaved, but they were never very hands-on when it came to my personal interests.

When I got older, my family wanted me to go to university and get a degree. To them, it didn’t matter what subject I studied; they felt that having a degree alone would mean I could get a stable job and income. They were worried that, without a decent university education, I would have to work hard but get paid very little.

I felt different. When I was 15, I finally discovered what my interests were: music and photography. I didn’t want to repeat my past mistakes and give up on my interests, so I insisted on pursuing them. I knew I wanted a my career to involve both these things.

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Unfortunately, my family didn’t approve of my plans. I made it clear to them that I wouldn’t follow their wishes and study at university just for the sake of getting a degree. I told them that my plan was to find a course related to my interests. They weren’t very happy with my decision.

I believe that as long as you are not putting yourself or anyone else in danger, you should fight for what you love even if it means going against the wishes of others. This is the main theme of my video.

Being young means that you have the freedom to be a little selfish, before you have a family to support and financial responsibilities. When you reach middle age, it isn’t quite as easy to pursue your dreams! So don’t waste your youth trying to please others. This is your time.

Unicef HK’s Make A Video competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback to [email protected]

The Make A Video Contest 2018 is now open for applications. This year, the theme is “The value we embrace”, which aims to encourage young people to embrace their values as they grow up. Details can be found here.

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge