Before I left Singapore some four months ago, I remember telling my Mom that students who embark on overseas studies often return changed. Whether it be their perspectives, their goals or the way they do things, there’s bound to be a difference upon returning. Whether these changes turn out for the better or worse is really for the student to decide for him or herself.
I haven’t yet decided if the changes I experienced in myself – in terms of my perspectives, goals or actions – are necessarily better or worse than before, but one thing is for sure: I can now see my future clearer than before. I find that I understand myself much better now, and I know where this is heading. Of course I do not want to set limits or conclusions for my future, but I feel like I am more certain of situations once I get into them, or I am better able to eliminate the unwanted or unnecessary from my life.
I guess this is what growing up is all about. Knowing that you aren’t young anymore, and though your parents will always welcome you into the shelter of their wings, without trying it on your own, you’ll never leave the comfort zone and experience the success that awaits you in the unknown. Failure may not be a step forward, but overcoming a past failure presents a bigger step forward than if you were to take an easy way out.
The future seems clearer now than before.