Very strangely, over the last couple of weeks, there has been a sudden hive of activities involving exchanges between my former classmates about our school days, in the forms of verbal conversations, emails from everywhere enquiring or recalling about another classmate or an event, and also attachments of old school photos taken since the 50s!
These old photos taken together with them in my primary and secondary schools were really something to me. That is why I am posting these ‘personal treasures’ in my blog for the world to see. It is also my safe place for me to revisit them for I know they will be there forever without getting lost anymore!
Looking at the photos brings back so many memories about the phase of my life from the 50s to the 70s which were my prime years, or rather my formative years which have greatly influenced me to be what I am today. I begin to understand my own wheel of life on how it has turned and revolved, transforming me from a little boy to a senior citizen today! It was indeed my own version of the ‘long and winding road’.
One of the most impactful phases of my life was my 11 years of schooling at my alma mater, St Anthony’s School in Teluk Intan. I think many of my classmates share the same view as well. As for me, during this period, I lived a school life that was filled with extreme contrasts. Here was the time where my family and I lived in wealth and also in poverty. I was recognized as a leader when the school made me a prefect for a few years but was stripped off the position because I was caught fighting. It was a time of my life where I excelled in my studies, but also hit the low point at the end of my secondary school life when I failed the most important public examination which forced me to take a different career pathway. This coaching career of mine definitely was an outcome of this painful period of my life.
I am sure you too have your teachable moments from your own life. Share with us on what they have taught you so that we can learn from you too.