ROYP: Inspiring words that get our readers out of the comfort zone and more

YP ReporterHeather Ng

Each week, we ask Young Post readers to share a little bit about themselves along with a quote that helps them get through life

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Hey there beautiful people :) I’m quite a positive girl but sometimes I really can’t forget how some people have hurt me. They have been trying very hard to make me fall. It’s really hard to ignore what they do because it’s not just one person but a group of people.

Most inspiring quote 

“Dogs bark at what they cannot understand.”

– Greek philosopher Heraclitus

People are going to criticise me. They might do everything they can just to see me cry and break into pieces. They spread rumours, laugh at me, and so on. The reason I hear all the barking is that these people can’t see the positive changes in me or maybe they’re jealous they can’t be me, so they’re trying to destroy my confidence. I just have to let it go, and carry on with my work. Who I am and what I stand for will determine my future. My success would surely help me to ignore the barking.

Marriam Naveed (18)

Hey, readers! I recently returned to Hong Kong, and being in a different environment made me feel extremely out of place and afraid to grasp opportunities. It was frustrating how I let many chances pass me by.

Most inspiring quote

“You’ll never get anywhere if you’re not willing to go anywhere. The destination doesn’t come to you; you go to it.”

– Unknown

I thought about this quote for days, and it became my mantra: to step out of my comfort zone and fight for what I want to achieve. Yes, I know I will face failure sometimes, but it is from failure that we learn and try to become even better than we were before. At the end of the day, I want to say to myself: “Thank goodness I tried that out!”

Heather Ng Xin-yi (17)

Hi guys! It’s been difficult to accept my limitations. Being enthusiastic and persistent, I often sign up for more extracurricular activities than I can handle. I set high expectations for myself, so there have been many disappointments and failures. I’ve realised that I have to maintain a good balance: pursuing my hobbies should not jeopardise my ability to look after myself. I’ve also learned to not berate myself when I fail to maintain my standards. I need to focus on what I love, and more importantly, accept my shortcomings and appreciate every opportunity as a learning experience that will lead to greater achievements.

Most inspiring quote

“The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in order to triumph.”

– Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Most Hongkongers may strive to achieve perfection, but this eye-opening quote helps us realise that life is much more than that. Humans are vulnerable but tenacious. Failure underpins most of our experiences – this is the simple truth. However, it’s not failure that will define my character; it’s how I confront failure and find ways to achieve my dreams.

Samanwita Sen (16)

Hi everyone! I’m not exactly the person that blends in; I’m always doing something completely different and sometimes I feel that I am on a different planet altogether ...

Most inspiring quote

“Concentrate less on what is new: dwell more on what is important.”

– Unknown

This quote reminds me that on this life journey, I should forget the distractions and focus on the bigger picture. No matter who you are, dwell on what’s important – that’s what will last as new becomes old.

Hillary Yip (12)

Got some YP love to get off your chest? Share your thoughts with us! Send an email to [email protected] with “ROYP” in the subject field. Tell us a bit about yourself, your most inspiring quote and what it means to you. Send us a lovely selfie in jpg format, no smaller than 1MB. Don’t forget to include your full name, your age and a phone number (in case we have any questions), and you, too, could be radiating #goals.

Edited by M J Premaratne