Laugh As You Breath
There are endless of matters a children could teach you.
Sometimes I think, isn't it unfair for God to channel such wisdom to a form so small in physical and character?
That I forgot each and everyone of us was once formed timid and naive; believing this life is made of colorful blocks and unicorns are gossiping at the end of the rainbow after the rain. Such belief; that life is always beautiful and colorful, is one of the matters children at YCK taught, or rather reminded me in this journey.
A sharp irony, that a Teacher is being taught by her learner.
My name is Ila, fondly known as Teacher Ila at YCK.
It has always been my passion to teach. Inspired by the movie *To Sir With Love , I set this dream of becoming a teacher, only to discover it grew larger while I sow its seeds when I was younger. Upon graduation, I submitted application at public schools, with no updates returned. Perhaps as it is written, my classroom would be livelier and richer ( of experiences) with the YCK students.
I believe that potentials are color-blind. Regardless of where you are coming from, talents never discriminate.
At YCK, I am given the opportunity to teach a group of children that has a lot of potentials, talents, and dreams; just like any other fortunate children. Together with YCK Family, we endeavor our best to provide more than a quality education in the classroom: located at the third floor of the shop house in Chow Kit, but extending such process on subjects not mentioned in any textbooks; on life. To my surprise, the children did the same in return, reminding me to enjoy each moment in this journey; never to forget that sun will rise no matter how loud the sky cries. They did this with the innocent smiles on their faces each of the day when they entered the classroom, with the gleefulness in the air simply formed by their presences, and with the joy in their laughter when they conversed to each other, on recess time.
There are points in life where all you have to do is simply laugh as you breath through the difficult moments. For when you view life in hindsight, it was the laughter that made things beautiful and easy;
just like how the children did,
to laugh, as you breath.
*In the film To Sir With Love (1967), American Mark Thackeray starring as Sidney Poitier recently received his degree in engineering, but cannot find work. To make ends meet, he takes a job as a teacher in a rough London East End school populated mostly with troublemakers who were rejected from other schools for their behavior. While the students at first see Thackeray as just another teacher open for ridicule and bullying, his calm demeanor and desire to see them succeed gradually earn him their respect.