As I woke up this morning to learn of such heartbreaking news about the loss of our great leader, my heart felt very heavy. It was difficult getting through the morning routine of sending the eldest to school (we were late as a result) because I wanted very much to follow the news on CNA and take the day to mourn while reading streams of tribute and condolence messages dedicated to Singapore’s founding father. I even tried to hush my son’s interruption by offering him whatever he wanted to watch/play with just so that he could leave me alone for a bit. Yet the more I read about #LKY , the more I felt a sense of renewed strength to continue the day in his honour. Reading about the loving relationship he had with his wife from the personal accounts of his daughter, Dr Lee Wei-Ling taught me much about love and marriage in the past week. And now, reading more about his life fuels me to continue working towards the ideals I never had the optimism to strive towards. I used to think that reading about the late statesman’s life was for those who had an interest in politics and government. But I soon realise my folly. He’s taught me a lot more than that and what being committed means.
I am thankful and proud to be a Singaporean, albeit the little laments I make about not being able to enjoy a cool spring season, send my kids to ski classes during winter or wishing we had Disneyland on our shores. I appreciate the efficiency and safety that we’re surrounded with. Thank you Mr #LeeKuanYew for your life long contributions towards building a very successful Singapore.
I end with one of his quotes that has been resonating with me as I faced a new set of challenges recently:
“You begin your journey not knowing where it will take you. You have plans, you have dreams, but every now and again you have to take uncharted roads, face impassable mountains, cross treacherous rivers, be blocked by landslides and earthquakes. That’s the way my life has been.”