Ladies and gentlemen,
For all my life I have involved myself in various activities. When I was four years old, I lived with my grandparents with a scratch book and a handful of crayons. At six, I lived in my kindergarten to learn to play the piano. At twelve, I spent my whole summer at school, preparing for a badminton championship. At eighteen, I flew from one city to another to attend university interviews. At twenty, assignments, group work, etc make every day a battle to meet the deadlines, to polish my resume and to strive for greater opportunities.
The power of youth and the vitality of life have always been my faith. I dare not waste any single moment, but I never had the time to question why I had to make every day count.
Until one day when I was chatting with my high school buddy, he joked that I’m the super-girl with no childhood. What I fear most seems to be an ordinary life. He had a point there. Since I could remember, there wasn’t really a period of my life that was just for fun. I called my dad and told him about my doubts. He paused for a while and began with a story.
Twenty years ago, on a windy autumn evening, a couple were expecting their child to be born. The father had been walking up and down anxiously for five hours. The door of the emergency room opened. The doctor came out and asked, ‘the mother or the baby’?
Guess I was so comfortable in my mom’s belly that I risked my life fighting to stay there. Fortunately, my dad always had the faith that I would come out safe and sound. He then told me that he was grateful enough for my birth and he wanted me to remember that my life is a gift. He hoped I could try my best at everything I am passionate about to live my life to the fullest.
He was right. Every day of my life is a present and there’s no reason not to make the best of it. The mere fact that we are young and have much time ahead doesn’t mean we can drift through our youth and bet our tomorrow on today’s leisure. We can either choose to spend our youth idly and regret later, or to savor the fruit of our hard work when we grow old.
Steve Jobs asks himself the same question every morning “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” And I’m doing the same thing now every day. Almost everything – all expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment, all worries of failure – these things will seem trivial in face of this question, in face of the daring spirit of the youth. If today were the last day of my life, it would be the last chance to try something new, to discover the meaning of life. I hope that when I’m eighty, I’ll be able to say, I have made the best of my life and I have no regrets.
Ladies and Gentlemen, our lives are a blessing with our parents’ faith, while our youth can only be a blessing when we live with the faith that every day is a gift and we should make the most of it.
My dear friends, if today were the last of your life, what would you do? Is there a change you want to make?
Thank you very much!