Because of you, my mom who has stage 4 cancer is stuck at home and we had to cancel our family trip to Japan. I felt that you had wasted time that is precious to her, for I am not able to bring her out every day and take her travelling so she can experience the many things I’ve lined up for her. Yet, I will not let you bring my spirits down. For I need to be strong, for her and for my family.
Because of you, my business came to a halt and the financial burden on my shoulders was so huge. It became extremely frustrating when the CB got extended. Yet, I will not let you bend my will and destroy something I’ve built for the past 5 years. For I need to be a strong figure to lead my team.
Because of you, the country went into lockdown and when I thought perhaps I could take a break, I had to face the struggle of my mom getting a 4th surgery, knowing that she was in a “stable” condition as the cancer had yet to spread to another area. Because of you, we couldn’t see her during usual visiting hours and it was agonising to say the least. Yet, she’s the one who has triumphed over the surgery, the loneliness in the hospital and showed us her smile/strength yet again. For it was my mother who showed me tenacity in life.
But it was also because of you, that I get to be with my family 24/7, cooking, chatting or simply doing nothing and just being with each other. These are precious moments together that we can never have when we are all busy with our lives.
And it was also thanks to you I realised that it’s time my company gave back to society, to do our part, because we are a part of this country. My family and I packed masks together, wrote notes and ensured they got to the people who donated to our cause.
And lastly, if not for you, we would have taken our freedom and our way of life for granted. The freedom to choose a place to meet, where to go, what to eat, which country to travel to and so much more.
I truly hope you made this world a kinder place to be in after how you’ve ravaged it. But hey, it will only get worse before it gets better, right? And it WILL get better.