Tree of Life

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Life is too short. Stop spending time with the wrong people.
Stop spending time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.
You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.

Never, ever stay with the person that continuously overlooks your worth.
Remember, it’s not the person that stands by your side when you’re at your best,
but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst.

The past few days have been better, so thankful for random snippets of conversations in my life that takes away the fatigue/tiredness from current issues faced. Trying to stay optimistic, to reaffirm certain thoughts, while taking things in stride & handling them one at a time. So, so thankful for people who’re willing to make time for me 🙂

I’m a happy girl today because I finally got to meet my youths again yaaaay. And a bonus to have met my ex-youth, the only person who’d never fail to crash into me with a hug whenever we meet 🙂 It’s really about witnessing their growth throughout the months/year that makes regular volunteering such a meaningful one. Mentored 3 youths today, so glad that they’re really participative & starting to contribute more in discussions as compared to last time.

Today’s workshop was on Authenticity, which is so apt for situations faced these days. The importance of being real & sincere, to show your true self and not wear masks over masks. Drew our Tree of Life, which was something that I found to be really meaningful. Starting with the roots, which represent our childhood & past influences; followed by the trunk, which represents our skills & abilities; and lastly the fruits, which represent hopes, dreams & wishes 🙂 While getting to learn more about the aspiring dreams our youths have (and being really proud of them), it was a good chance to self-reflect as well. Hoping for my personal Tree of Life to continue growing as time passes 🙂

Posted this intriguing thought before some time ago, and shall post it again now:

Isn’t it ironic how people are more willing to show their true selves when anonymity is ensured by hiding behind a mask? 

And yet, when you show your true self, it might only cause people to steer clear of you – for there exists a clash in personalities. To what extent should you wear your mask, to what extent should you show your true feelings & emotions? As much as it’s tiring to constantly wear different masks in different situations, it gets upsetting when your real self isn’t accepted.

Whatever it is, I still hold true to my belief that it’s important to treat everyone equally (as much as possible), and not make prior judgments before you really get to know the person for who they are. Take things heard with a pinch of salt, and do not blindly accept whatever that’s rumoured. I’m still trying, still learning, to be a better person.

Shall end this seemingly incoherent post with a quote that our social workers shared to end the session today:

Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

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And today marked the first regular session our incoming committee attended. After seeing their interactions with our youths during the session today, I know for sure that YR is going to be safe in good hands for the approaching AY. So grateful, so thankful, yet so bittersweet about everything. May it be an amazing journey ahead for them, as it has been for me in the past year 🙂

Alright till the next time x

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