On and off, I think about my Singaporean friends and the people that were part of my life over there. Whenever I meet Yingxu and Emile online these days, the first thing we say to each other is, ironically, either how fondly we think of our JC life or how much we wanna go back to it. Apparently uni life is worse for Yingxu, but I am skeptical. She tends to exaggerate.

After I went wall climbing, I immediately told Merryn about it, who used to be part of her JC’s climbing club. I miss her. The other day when my coursemate Stephanie messaged me online, I thought it was the Stephanie I knew from Singapore! I demanded that she tell me how she knew I lived at Mentari. Coursemate Steph must now think I’m loony. =( If I go on about the people there I’m going to cry.

So last night, I remembered Ivy. While reading her blog, I found this interesting convocation address. I totally love how he says that “learning is a lifelong process” is rubbish. Something fresh for a change!

And now I’m gonna quote a small portion for some people who are too lazy to click on the link above. Haha.

Rather, I exhort you to love another human being. It may seem odd for me to tell you this. You may expect it to happen naturally, without deliberation. That is false. Modern society is anti-love. We’ve taken a microscope to everyone to bring out their flaws and shortcomings. It far easier to find a reason not to love someone, than otherwise. Rejection requires only one reason. Love requires complete acceptance. It is hard work – the only kind of work that I find palatable.

Loving someone has great benefits. There is admiration, learning, attraction and something which, for the want of a better word, we call happiness. In loving someone, we become inspired to better ourselves in every way. We learn the truth worthlessness of material things. We celebrate being human. Loving is good for the soul.

Loving someone is therefore very important, and it is also important to choose the right person. Despite popular culture, love doesn’t happen by chance, at first sight, across a crowded dance floor. It grows slowly, sinking roots first before branching and blossoming. It is not a silly weed, but a mighty tree that weathers every storm.

You will find, that when you have someone to love, that the face is less important than the brain, and the body is less important than the heart.

You will also find that it is no great tragedy if your love is not reciprocated. You are not doing it to be loved back. Its value is to inspire you.

Finally, you will find that there is no half-measure when it comes to loving someone. You either don’t, or you do with every cell in your body, completely and utterly, without reservation or apology. It consumes you, and you are reborn, all the better for it.

Be blessed and have a good Sunday. =)