5D Ashley Lam Cheuk Ki

By | December 18, 2013

Good morning Principal, teachers and fellow schoolmates,

I am Ashley Lam from class 5D. In these days, teenagers are being weak in resilience.  Resilience means an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune and change. With resilience, we can have the strength to tackle problems ahead, overcome adversity and move on. Today, I will introduce two people who have much resilience that they have turned all the misfortune into happiness in their lives and what we students can learn from them when we are in hard times.

Nick Vujicic, a man born with no arms and legs, lives life to his fullest. He grew up with discrimination and miseries. Frankly speaking, he has never ever touched anything with his hands or even hugged someone he loves. No matter what he does, he is still different from others. Hardly can we imagine how a person like Nick can live. Indeed, Nick struggled with depression and loneliness as he questioned why he was so different from others in his childhood. Thanks to his loving family, he has jumped over all the hurdles with his determination and strong will, living life to his fullest. He has realized his dream to be a speaker to give encouragement to teenagers. He can walk, dance, feel grateful and appreciate everything that he has. Above all, he has a happy family with a beautiful wife and an adorable son.

Apart from Nick Vujicic, Bethany Hamilton is another life warrior who displays determination to overcome hardships she faces. Bethany is well-known for surviving a shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, and for overcoming the injury to ultimately return to professional surfing. She was only thirteen when she was attacked by a shark. This is absolutely the worst experience ever of a little girl who likes surfing and who dreams to be a pro-surfer. However, after having such a traumatic incident, she returned to her board one month after the attack. She bears the fear of the sea and keeps chasing her dream. In short, the power of dream is incredible. She is now a world-class surfer.

From the testimonies of Nick and Bethany, we learn that there is always a way out as long as we never give up. Undeniably, teenagers nowadays give up easily when facing difficulties.  Seldom do they keep going and try again.  However, both Nick and Bethany tell us that nothing is impossible.  If we never try, we’ll never know what we are capable of. What’s more, Nick and Bethany believe that everyone is unique and special. We should always believe we do have potential and never underestimate ourselves. Never should we deem ourselves losers.  Instead, we should learn from our failure and avoid making the same mistakes again.

All in all, there will be many barriers or stages in our entire life. Nick and Bethany have become a source of inspiration to millions through their determination and unquenchable hope. If they can realize their dreams and live life to the fullest, why can’t we? It may be rough and hard when we meet failures. Just get up and make miracles on our own. This is all I want to share. Thank you very much.