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It’s important to adapt in life

December 15, 2009

By Annie Au

I was a volunteer at the opening ceremony  of the East Asian Games. My team and I were a cheering squad at the Avenue of Stars. We were scheduled to start at about 6pm, but as the time approached it  became more and more crowded. We were told that we would block  the view if we stood on the stage, and that we should help  control the crowd so that people could enjoy the ceremony. Unfortunately, we had to give up on leading the crowd in cheering.

Some of my team members were disappointed.   It was not the most memorable voluntary job,  but I still gained  valuable experience.

After the fireworks, we mounted the stage and ended the ceremony by singing the East Asian Games anthem and doing a human wave. People took photographs and applauded. At least we  pleased the crowd.

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  1. December 14, 2009 5:28 pm

    Thank you for your letter, Annie, and good job on your public service efforts. It’s always disappointing when things don’t work out the way we expect, especially if we put a lot of work into preparations. But, it gives us a very valuable life-lesson – things don’t always go the way we want, or expect, them to, no matter how hard we work.

    Sometimes there are forces beyond our control that will change the course of our actions. Those people who can shrug off the disappointment and adapt to the new circumstances will get far in life.

    It was good that you were able to adapt and help out in a new capacity.

    Susan, Editor

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