Top 10: What was the moment when you realised you were growing up?

  • Our readers discuss feeling more mature and responsible after opening a personal bank account or having to take care of a sick parent
  • This week’s question: What little things in daily life have made you happy recently?
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One reader said she realised she had grown up when she was able to take care of her family’s dog on her own. Photo: Shutterstock

This week’s question: What little things in daily life have made you happy recently?

To take part, drop us a line via this form or email us at [email protected] by 11.59pm on July 27. Tell us your name, age and school.

Last week, we asked our readers, “What was the moment when you realised you were growing up?” Here’s what they had to say.

Daniel Lee Tsz-tan, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School: I was holding my dad’s hand in the street one day, and I suddenly realised that I was taller than him. I really miss the days when my dad would carry me on his shoulders, and I would look down from high above. Now I am jealous because my little brother has taken my spot!

Anson Ng Wai-yan, 11, Holy Angels Canossian School: The day I opened my personal bank account with my parents. When I was young, I spent money without thinking. But now, I understand that a penny saved is a penny earned. I save most of my pocket money, and I hope to use it to visit my friend who recently emigrated to the United States.

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Holly Wei, 15, Kent School (US): I realised I was growing up when I had to take care of my dog all by myself: I had to feed, bathe and walk him. It made me appreciate my parents’ efforts in raising me and encouraged me to take better care of myself.

Sophie Ho Hoi-yan, 14, St Mary’s Canossian College: My mum was so sick recently that she had to stay in bed all day. So, apart from having to do my revision and homework, I had to do all the housework. My mum, who has now fully recovered, told me: “Sophie, you managed things so well last week. You’re finally growing up!” This made me so proud. I have now realised that I can take care of those around me and carry out my own responsibilities at the same time. I feel like I am indeed growing up.

Taking care of your parents when they are sick is definitely a sign of growing up. Photo: Shutterstock

Charlotte Yeung Yik-lam, 16, King George V School: I used to complain to my teachers or parents whenever I had an argument with my classmates or siblings. I realised I was growing up when I compared my collaboration skills during past projects to how I respond to issues now. These days, I try to solve problems by working with others.

Valerie Chiu Wing-yee, 12, Holy Angels Canossian School: It happened while I was watching a video of myself taken a few years ago. I realised that I had grown up in many ways. First, I am much taller now. Second, I can make my own decisions without seeking my mum’s help all the time. Third, I do more volunteer work, knowing that I can be a big sister to younger children.

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Mirko Kwok Ching, 14, King Ling College: I knew this when I started to make most of my own decisions. When I was younger, I did everything that others told me to do. But when I turned 13, I realised that some people are not very trustworthy, so I started to take control of my life. I decided to make my own decisions and learned to say “no”.

Fion Chow Wing-lam, 14, STFA Leung Kau Kui College: I was contemplating my future when I realised that I had become more mature. As a Form Three student, I had to choose my electives and consider the subject that I wanted to study at university. That meant I was growing up and on my way to adulthood. I hope that everyone can be responsible for their future and make their dreams come true.

Take time to explore your interests so you can have a better idea of what to pursue for your career. Illustration: Shutterstock

Emily Lee Tsoi-yi, 15, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College: When I was in primary school, my mum helped me with my revision. However, things are much harder in secondary school, and my mum cannot assist me any more. This is the moment I found myself growing up and becoming a more responsible person.

Antonia Ng Ka-kei, 10, St Clare’s Primary School: When I stopped reading children’s books like Dog Man. When I was a child, Dog Man seemed so funny to me. At the time, I made up ridiculous stories and usually ended up making my father angry. Why did I stop reading these books? Because they were childish.

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