By 6L Aspen Lee The OLE time with Dr. Vansie Kwok was a time for me to reflect more on life through the stories shared by Dr Kwok.
Dr Vansie Kwok is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Medicine. She works full-time as an anaesthesiologist at the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital but she is also a passionate Catholic lyricist and the lead vocalist of the Hong Kong-based Catholic band “AMDG”. She was the winner of Veritas Cup (全球華語聖歌創作比賽） 2014 and has written over 40 songs among with two albums released on Spotify and KKBox.
Throughout Dr Kwok’s sharing about her working experiences with children, and in her performances with her band, I realized how lucky we are. The stories shared reminded me to be grateful for the health that we enjoy as there are so many who are not as fortunate as we are. We heard stories of young lives ending early and opportunities of play, learning and growing up lost. How truly sad it was to hear of so many dying early with no time to really learn. Listening to the story of ‘Sheldon’, we learned of the true and deep meaning of pain, and what real courage is. As I was listening, it was hard to control all the emotions I felt. I couldn’t imagine how such a young and little boy can experience that much pain caused by his illness, and still see hope. We should all learn from Sheldon. We should learn from his courage and certainly from his positive attitude in the face of difficulties and challenges. This talk is one not to be forgotten and for me it was the most memorable and meaningful OLE talk for me. It was a chance for me to really come to grips to the fact that there is no way to avoid sadness, tough times, or distress in life. However, we must all come to terms with this and know that our way forward is to try our best to smooth rough waters and regain a sense of control, in other words, build resilience. Building resilience can help us better adapt to life-changing events, cope with turbulent times, and bounce back from hardship and tragedy. May God’s light shine on Sheldon. May God also continue to be a light for Dr Kwok as she continues in her work with children, and in her sharings with more youngsters like myself. Dr Kwok has been an inspiration to all Six Formers.