I walk into my small and modest bedroom, and each day during the fall, I either shudder due to its accumulated coldness or sigh in relief towards the rush of warmth that hits my body. The room's climate always surprises me because I rarely spend my wakeful hours within it. There are no luxuries of a stereo system, television, or telephone, which would tempt me to stay inside my room, and although I have occasionally pointed this out to my parents in complaint, now, I believe that its barrenness is beneficial. As a result, the contents of my room signify the deeper side of me. Located towards the front of the house, my one wall consists almost entirely of tow windows, giving light to read my Bible and check my calendar. A window, a Bible, and a calendar are three objects, which symbolize the characteristics I possess.
God has given me a window, and I can finally see the light. There was once a time when my family and I had the wrong focus on life. When we were living in Hong Kong, we became accustomed to the luxuries of the city life, and our focus was on the business and social aspects. After major obstacles, we realized the importance of spirituality. My world would be dark without my love for God; it is He who has shaped me into the individual I am today. Filled with the light after the darkness, I now treasure my Bible. Every week, I read the Word and reflect on how it relates to my own life. It helps me acknowledge my flaws, and I have learnt that in the most trying situations, I cannot expect another person to change. I can only improve on how I handle the situation in response, and I must look past people's exterior and see the reflection of God's face and love within them. Like the saying goes, one cannot judge a book by its cover.
Knowing how Jesus was a servant to others, I, too, have grown to love community service. Teaching religion class, traveling to other states to give religious talks, and singing to the elderly at nursing homes are some activities that fill my calendar. I enjoy all these experiences and treasure all the memories of the people and events that I encounter. Marking everything down on my calendar along with some side notes as well as collecting memorabilia assert that I am very sentimental. However, there are times when I forget to flip the page over in my calendar, and a specific month is exposed longer than others. This parallels with my love for reminiscing. My good memory allows me to recall minute details as well as the most touching experiences. Eventually, there always come a day when I update the calendar and flip it over, and this symbolizes how I eventually move on and enjoy the present with the same enthusiasm. I know that each experience helps mold my individuality.
I have always been taught to be proud of myself and t value my individuality. Despite the trials and temptations that I encounter, the values and beliefs that have instilled in me do not change. These values and beliefs allow me to treasure the window, Bible, and calendar, and I know that I must be confident enough to carry such optimism, spirituality, and enthusiasm wherever life takes me, Each time I enter my room, I am a little bit older, more experienced, and more challenged by the influences of the world. But the room basically stays the same.