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I then realized how we have taken our lives for granted. Opportunities have passed us by without us realising. It made me thought about how I could seize that moment if it does come by me again

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The Yellow Ribbon By Paula Elizabeth Yip As my parents drove along the road along Changi, we spotted a line of people walking outside the Changi prison. They were each holding a yellow ribbon. Wondering what they were doing, I enquired from my parents. My father explained that it was the Yellow Ribbon project, helping ex convicts who have just been released. Very often, these ex convicts are unable to adapt to civilian life after spending time in jail, and it becomes a second prison for which they are unable to break out of. This gives them a second chance to live life again. I then realized how we have taken our lives for granted. Opportunities have passed us by without us realising. It made me thought about how I could seize that moment if it does come by me again. ...read more.

Middle

My time was marked, whereas my friends were moving on. That night, after receiving what I considered ten year's worth of scolding from my parents, who were extremely disappointed in me, I went down to the nearby playground and sat down on the swing. I started to reflect. Why did that happen to me? But the answer was clear-cut and straight forward. I did not pay attention in class. I did not study. I spent most of my time chatting on the phone, using the computer, going shopping, watching television... I have failed miserably. All of a sudden, I spotted something on the floor. I walked towards it and picked it up. It was a yellow ribbon. I thought about the previous week when I first learnt about the Yellow Ribbon Project, about second chances and opportunities passing us by. ...read more.

Conclusion

Whether or not I aced that examination, I knew that I have done my best. "Paula Yip!" I stood up and took my report card. I looked at it, in sheer amazement. I slowly walked to my seat, grinning from ear to ear. I said nothing. Not only did I top the class, I actually topped the entire level! I was elated. Words were beyond me and tears wells up at the corners of my eyes. I did it. I seized the day. Having to repeat another was the motivator from which I was rooted and soared. We should not let such opportunities that allow us to change to pass us by, as we continue living our mundane and uneventful lives, with little or no achievements. I was given a second chance, and I made the best out of it. Word Count: 712 ...read more.

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