Manspiration 2016 by Natalie Au Yeung

Manspiration 2016 by Natalie Au Yeung

For Brovember, Young Post asked our readers to tell us about a man who inspires them. This could be their father, brother, uncle, teacher, or even someone they've never met, like US President Barack Obama or Canto-pop musician Eason Chan. Here is one of the entries we received, in their own words ...

For the man who inspires me the most, he is neither a superhero nor a famous celebrity. He isjust a teenage boy - my boyfriend.

Ordinary as he may seem, he brings me inspiration all the time. One is about perseverance, no matter in academic studies or athletics. He aims high and does not give up easily. In order to achieve his goals, he always
works hard and strives for the best.

Not everyone has the courage to take part in long-distance running events, but he does and often gets good results in the competitions. So in the annual athletic meet of my school this year, I joined the 800m race for the very first time. He said, ‘It’s okay to be nervous but you shouldn't be afraid of that or even evade it. I believe you can make it.’ What he said is so true and encouraging. I didn't expect that I would get a bronze medal in this event! This is all because of him.


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In the past, I would sometimes tell my boyfriend who I hated. He told me that those acted like that might have their own reasons which I didn't know. What I listened from others may be just a one-sided story, especially when I was not involved in the case and I was just a third party. He is right. I should not look at things in such a narrow perspective but to think thoroughly when I hear those rumours.

Now, I try not to believe all the gossip and of course not to spread it. I find that there is no use to hate somebody. Hating someone is just wasting my time and they do not worth my attention. For me, it is fine to be indifferent to them as long asthey do not do anything that can hurt me.

He did very well in many aspects which made me want be as good as him. He likes to challenge himself, ranging from solving crosswords to taking part in invention contests. He always tells me to believe in myself. You will never know until you try. Isn't he who inspired me to write this essay? I never thought that I would take part in this kind of writing competition. When I saw the post about this essay-writing competition, I asked myself, ‘Why don't I give it a try?’

Though the inspirations are not such big that can influence the world, they certainly made me into a better person and try out different new things. Many a little makes a mickle. I become more confident and mature now. Indeed, the person who you care the most can definitely inspire you a lot because you pay attention to what he does and you listen to his words.

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