Every Second Counts
“Every second counts.” Every child dreams to be successful in the future. Success, success, who doesn’t want success in their life? Work hard, determined, optimise, and focusing are characteristics that brings success into people’s life. Some people dream are success, and some are not. Mistakes are going to attend in everywhere. Don’t let those mistakes make one’s forsake their goal.
I have had a tougher life than anyone else. I do not remember my father, and he went away, nor never come back to see his son. My parents had divorced when I was two year-old. The third person makes my parents got divorced, and I have bad relationship with my parents instantaneously. My mother was in Phnom Penh, and my grandmother always went outside to work for others. Only me and my brother stayed home. Every day I taught my brother how to be a good kid. My grandmother always borrowed the food ingredients, other stuff to use for daily life, and loans the money from others just only for her grandsons.
When I was young I had an ability to learn. Since I understood that my family struggled, I tried harder and harder to study. When I was in grade one, I have only a book with a plastic bag as my backpack and got no school uniform. When I curious with some words I don’t even know if I should ask my teacher or wait until the school day end, and come back home to ask my grandmother. Unfortunately some words she doesn’t know either. I cried, I cried because I didn’t know, I cried because I didn’t understand, and I cried because I was determined student that shouldn’t forsake on things easily. I read all the time, I read when I saw letters, I read when I saw posters, and I read when I saw commercials. My life was hard, but I have a high self-esteem, and I never forget my identity.
Since then, I find myself loving school. A lot of the villagers approached me, and appreciated me. I tried very hard to learn; every second counted for me. I’ve got a lot of encouragement gifts from my teachers and the school director. I love playing football since I was 8 year-old. I joined the PKU U12 in 2012, and I won many titles with the team. I really like football because football is a popular sport in my town and everyone plays it. I spend some of my time helping my grandmother to harvest the rice for daily life profit. I helped her to do agriculture for her rice owner.
My life are messed with those kind of words (bullying) we stay strong, and we work together very well. My parents had to live far away from us. I only stayed with my grandmother. I was a bad kid, and lived in a bad environment. I used to smoke cigarettes and drank wine. I’m sure that these are not a good thing for kids to do because it is bad for our identity. I had a lot of conflicts with my brother also, once I went up on the stairs, and then he closed the door, and hit me directly reverse back to the ground, and I broke my left arm. As a poor family, at the we were famished. We just ate things randomly without knowing the effect of the foods. Once I was eating a watermelon, and I was poisoned by the watermelon. I almost died at that time, but luckily I was saved by my neighbors. I tried hard and I went to school every day to do extra studies.
Life was challenging me when I was young; however, I fight through it day by day.
Once I hear the news about Liger was recruiting students to learn in Phnom Penh, I decided to tell my grandmother and do the test with my others classmates. I did the test twice until I can come to Liger. Once I passed the test; I went home quickly like a gust of wind and told my grandmother that I passed the test. I was asking her for a permission for me to study here in Liger, and she said Yes fast like a lightning strike. I felt so lucky to receive this opportunity at Liger.
My life has not been easy, and I had to struggle every day; however, all the moments of determination and patience paid off, because now I am at Liger and know that I will be a success.
I changed my mindset by a lot. Grow older makes me feel different than before and it’s changed my brain. I could do things legitimately. Coming to Liger is really important to me because I need to change my country, and my family. I changed my identity, but it is a bad characteristics, when I came to Liger, and most importantly I like the study program here. We got sports, ASEs, and many other things.