Dear 22-year-old Kenneth,
Looking at the pictures taken 8 years ago, I'm reminiscing about the sweet and innocent moments in the past, with a smile on my face. You know what? 2002 will be a watershed in your life.
Time flies. At the age of 30, burnt-out and expressionless, I often slouch and sink silently into my seat, with piles of exercise books in front of me and tons of pent-up frustration growing in my heart. Is life still beautiful? In this society, cold eyes and malicious gossip seem inevitable. Hypocrites are ubiquitous. Whom can I confide in? Dad and Mum are now divorced. Unpredictable right?! Is love all around us? It seems to me that I'm no longer happy.
Still, you don't need to worry too much. Images from a movie called Cashback will flash across your mind from time to time. Ben Willis says, "Once upon a time, I wanted to know what love was. You just have to see that it's wrapped in beauty and hidden away in between the seconds of your life. If you don't stop for a minute, you might miss it."
Perhaps there is a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in our lives be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things like watching a nice movie, sharing photos and food with our best frends, singing, blogging or even youtubing - making those count for more than the bad stuff (The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants). Then perhaps we can get over the gloom and discover the beautiful snippets of life.
Kenneth, treasure what you have now, as your life is going to be very different. In the face of adversity, try to listen to the two songs. They help remind you of the importance of sincerity and perseverance. Never give up. You are loved.
Kenji, at the age of 30