When I was 9 months old, trip cost me 4 painful stitches and a vertical scar down my left eyebrow. That is when I learnt that one mistake is enough to scar you for a lifetime.
When I was 1, I suffered an allergic reaction from eating prawn, bad enough that I almost cant breath. That is when I learnt that expensive stuff is not necessary superior.
When I was 3, I attended my first funeral. It was my grandfather on my mother’s side. That was when I learnt how life is fragile and how we should cherish it.
When I was 6, I attended my second funeral. It was my grandmother on my father’s side. That was when I learnt that death is an integral part of life. Delay it, you can, but escape it you can’t.
When I was 12, I went through a time when I attended religious events, both Buddhist and Christian. That was when I decided that religions are more or less the same.
When I was 15, I stopped being scared of tall girls in my class, because I outgrew them. That was when I learnt that guys and girls are really biologically different.
When I was 17, I started my A-levels education in Singapore. That was when I learnt that families doesn’t have to be blood related.
When I was 18, I met a girl with chocolate allergy. That was when I learnt that there are sweeter things in life than chocolate and candies.
When I was 20, I worked in the hospital and seen a 6-digit hospital bill. That was when I learnt that sometimes, money just cant buy you everything.
When I was 21, I discovered that I’m allergic to beer. That was when I learnt that clubs and loud music isn’t for me.
When I was 22, I developed lactose intolerance, hence have to forgo dairy products that I loved so much. That was when I learnt that sometimes, giving up something is a way to make space for new and better things in life.
So, what shapes you?