Afable – a short story that teaches a lesson – does not always reflect reality. In The Tortoise and the Hare, a tortoise competed with a rabbit in a race, and won, to everyone’s surprise. It is certainly very encouraging, but it does not show the real picture.
Hard work does not imply success or the achievement of our goals. Other than our own effort, there are so many factors beyond our control, such as our shortcomings and the lack of resources available for us in life. We sometimes can’t get what we expect or hope for.
Experiencing failure is frustrating because it appears that our efforts have been for nothing. But instead of looking at it a negative way, we should focus on the things we have gained.
In The Tortoise and the Hare, the hare is making fun of the tortoise who moves very slowly. So the tortoise challenges the hare to a race which is watched by a large group of animals. The hare takes a nap during the race and is beaten by the tortoise. The lesson of the story is that you should not try to get everything done very quickly. If you do, you might make careless mistakes which can be very costly.
Through the video, Gain or Lose, I would like to remind teenagers that if they do things slow and steady they will be all right – even if they fail. They can grow from the experience and may be quicken up along the way. I am grateful to have joined Unicef HK’s “Make a Video” competition because it has given me the opportunity to share my thoughts with others and to empower them.
Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback here.