Proving I can handle my hobbies can be a real battle

Proving I can handle my hobbies can be a real battle

If parents want you to give up your pastimes to focus on your studies, you have to fight for your right to fun activities

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Lo Tak-kei’s Codename: Operation Triple Win shows the importance of having a hobby to ensure a balanced life.

Compared to most children, I had a rather happy childhood. In Form Three, a friend introduced me to war games. As soon as the whistle was blown, both teams rushed to the middle of the field and an intense shoot-out began. I was very impressed by these scenes, and although I was defeated the first time I played, I really enjoyed it. So, I started joining different war games to enhance my skills. Gradually, I developed the confidence to defeat my enemies.

But during one game I slipped and fell, and dislocated my wrist. Since then, my parents don’t want me taking part in any more war games. They think it is too dangerous, and say that it doesn’t do anything to help my studies. They pull a long face whenever they see me take my equipment to the game site. Eventually, they persuaded me to give up this hobby and focus on my studies.

In Operation Triple Win, I wanted to show my parents how important the hobby is to me, and that I do not want to give it up. I want them to know that they do not have to worry about me, because I can use my time wisely, and find a balance between playing war games and studying.

Most secondary school students in Hong Kong face similar problems. Their parents worry that they cannot balance their studies and hobbies, and so they stop their children from doing their favourite leisure activities. This is wrong. As I become more mature, I will try my best to protect myself and organise my time well, so I can study and play.

Although I was injured the last time, I still want to continue with war games. I understand that my parents are just doing it for my own sake but I also want them to allow me to do things that I like. They do not need to worry about me.

Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves through video. The project is co-organised by Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IVFA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback to edu@unicef.org.hk

Edited by Sam Gusway

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A battle for my hobbies

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