ROYP: from staying calm to conquering stage fright, words that keep our readers going

ROYP: from staying calm to conquering stage fright, words that keep our readers going

Each week, we ask Young Post readers to share a little bit about themselves along with a quote that helps them get through life

Greetings, readers! Public speaking used to make me really nervous. I always backed off whenever there was any event or activity which involved sharing or speaking about a certain topic in front of a lot of people. This was caused by the fact that I always underestimated myself and kept thinking that I will be judged if I say this or that, or maybe I overthink a lot. I would always think “what if this happens” or “what if that happens”.

Most inspiring quote:

“It’s the mic that makes us nervous, so forget that you are holding it. You have to bear one thing in mind: when you are speaking, you are the one who is in control. Even if you make a mistake or forget something in your script, just go with the flow. Nobody knows your script, nobody knows what you are going to talk about next.”

– Dalbir Singh, lecturer

This was indeed the best thing I’ve heard about public speaking. Thanks to this piece of advice, I did actually overcome my difficulty, and on top of that, I became more confident when it came to joining competitions or activities involving public speaking.

Kaur Amanjot (17)


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How’s your day going? I’ve always had stage fright. But plucking up the courage to actually overcome it every time can be pretty nerve-wracking.

Most inspiring quote:

“Keep calm, because it takes only a few minutes of your time. It will be over before you know it.”

– My friend

Truthfully, those words comfort me and keep me going. Mr Stage, I’m coming for you!

Jessie Larbi Prudence (18)


Hello readers, I am a teenager with many worries. Many things in my life make me feel disappointed. I want to change them but I do not have the power to control everything. I am just a little potato with little knowledge.

Most inspiring quote:

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.

– Mother Teresa

There are people who dislike me, and I may never be able to change their opinions about me. In spite of this, I should try to figure out the reasons with patience, and be kind and loving to others.

Martha Lai (15)


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Going through hardships is challenging enough, let alone getting suffocated in my own bubble.

Most inspiring quote:

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

– American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou

I was able to take a step back from my own struggles and believe in the fact that God has put me through this on purpose – not just to help me grow and mature as I enter adulthood, but also prepare myself, so I could become a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

Veronica Lin (18)


Got some YP love to get off your chest? Share your thoughts with us! Send an email to yppics@gmail.com with “ROYP” in the subject field. Tell us a bit about yourself, your most inspiring quote and what it means to you. Send us a lovely selfie in jpg format, no smaller than 1MB. Don’t forget to include your full name, your age and a phone number (in case we have any question), and you, too, could be radiating #goals.

Edited by M J Premaratne

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Inspiring words to live by

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