Amazing Kids! Magazine

From Within

By Grace Tang, Contributing Writer

 

It’s that time of the year again. Each year in November, North Americans takes a few moments of silence to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in wounded battles for our comfort today.

Arguably, these moments of silence can never restore the loss and pain for those lost in the battles. But I hope, truly hope, that the silence will serve as a yearly reminder for us that our lives are precious and privileged, and that we must act as globally responsible citizens despite the increasing busy lifestyles faced by all.

Personally, I can sense my transformative attitude towards the things in my life as I advance in age. When I was young, I never understood what “being thankful” meant. I was always craving for the next toy, the next trendy clothing piece, the next gadget, the next “thing”. Being the only child, I have always gotten my ways around things. I was not spoiled with tangible goods, but I was definitely spoiled with attention – something that did not occur to me until much later. My main concern used to be being “as cool” as my school friends, owning the same items as them. So much of my time was spent drooling on stuff that I did not have but wanted to have, a tragic flaw that I now know.

Later on, during a Remembrance Day assembly one year, something deeply touched me – something that I cannot communicate in words. But whatever it was, it changed me emotionally. It made me realize how lucky and privileged I am, to be leading a life of safety that so many others would love to have. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, clothing to wear, water to drink, and never have I ever had to worry about money. It is my life that the rest of the world is fighting for. This was a pivotal moment in my life because my perspective on the world took a 180 degree turn. Superficial goods never appealed to me the same way again. Of course, it still brings joy and social status, but my mind no longer revolves around it. Rather, I am focused on the things that I do have – a lovely family, spoiled with attention, education, and the basic necessities.

I never liked the cold weather. But there is something about the icy air, long jackets, and boots that bring a touch of warmth to my heart. This season, be sure to remember what you have in your hands before scouting and grabbing for new things.