My Chinese martial arts coach was immensely strict during training, but also encouraging. He taught us perseverance, and to fight for what we want. I remembered him telling us, “Everyone can be a champion, as long as you work hard towards that goal.” When we were training for our competitions, he would always make positive comments before telling us where we went wrong, so as to make sure it is a positive environment for us to learn. He believed in us, and was always rooting for us during our various competitions. He never misses any of our competitions, and always attended to all our needs during the competition and made sure we were well taken care of. He taught me a lot of life lessons throughout my journey with him and was always the inspiration during all my competitions. We always wanted to make him proud because of everything he has done for us. The trainings are still deeply etched in my mind.
My mother is my greatest inspirational. There are a couple of people I look up to and respect in my life however my mum would be the one I respect the most. Her undying love for me is what I am really thankful for. From the day she carried me in her wombs for nine months till now, she has never given up on me. I have never been the best daughter, constantly giving her trouble or complaining of insufficient pocket money. My mum however has never once laid her hands on me, she would never bear to. My mum may nag every now and then but thinking back, it was all for the better good. In lieu of her constant nagging, I believe it has made me the person I am today. I would not say I am successful but it has indeed made me grow for the better over the years. Thank you mum, I will do you proud one day and give back double to you.
The late, Mr Lee Kuan Yew never gives up even when the odds were against him. When he stood up to lead Singapore, it seemed as though it was then an impossible task. Singapore at that time was nothing close to being established. Houses were made of wood and we were like a small fishing port. Electricity, water, food along with other essentials were scarce. However, all that did not put him down and in fact, he was more determined than ever to change all these. He worked from scratch to provide our nation with what was needed, hoping to create a better future for Singapore. I really admire his perseverance and benevolence for the country. Thank you for sacrificing so much for us, Mr. Lee. If not for your efforts in the past decades till now, our nation would not have been a first world country known to many now. You worked tirelessly throughout your life for us, so we can enjoy the peace and prosperity in a thriving Singapore. Your legacy will live on. Rest in peace Mr. Lee.
I’ve known my dance instructor for more than half my life, and he’s sculpted many of the core values I live by today. Doing things with integrity, never cutting corners, and that loving what you do exceeds the competition to win any day. He may not know it, but he’s been that hero to me always.
Calling my younger brother my hero may sound silly, but he’s possibly the person I hold dearest in my heart. I grew up protecting him, but he took the older brother stance as we grew older. He’s been there at my darkest point, and celebrated my brightest ones. He’ll always be my unwavering hero.
My best friend has always been the one to push me out of my comfort zone – to try new things, to backpack the world, to live bigger dreams. He’s my hero because without his encouragement and belief in me through the years, I wouldn’t be who I am (with a bigger view of the world) today.