CFG1010 workshop, I shared a story with my partner regarding my failure and how
I overcame it. This story happened during my National Service when I was an
Officer Cadet in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, prior to our commissioning,
we had to undergo a 36 hours back-to-back operation and exercises known as the
“Exercise Flaming Chalice”. At around 2am, after one of the exercises, I felt
sick and found out that I was on fever. My course mates brought me back to my
bunk, which I then rested at.
taking my medicine, the headaches proved to be too painful for me to manage;
all I could do that time was to close my eyes and lie on the bed, hoping that
the next surprise turnout exercise will not be so soon. During that night, I
was talking to myself, should I simply just report sick and just stop taking
part in the exercise? Or should I press on and finish what I started? I decided
to take the easy way out and simply stop taking part in the exercise; the
physical pain that I am suffering from that night enforced my decision.
4am, I heard the siren ringing, my immediate instinct naturally resulted me in
waking up and gearing up, ready for the exercise. Despite my friends telling me
that I should rest instead of participating, I decided to join in. The exercise
was tough, over 6 hours was spent fighting the fierce simulated fire and
extricating casualties alone.
myself that I cannot give up; there is no way that I am going to ditch my band
of brothers and sisters who had gone through 28 weeks of training with me. We
all trained really hard just for this final exercise, and I cannot let them
down because of my fever. This is when I realised that I had the willpower to
keep on going. Eventually, we completed the exercise.
On the day
of our commissioning parade, I was able to stand proud and tall as my parents
came down and adorned the newly minted epaulettes on my shoulder. I was really
glad that I made the correct decision during that night.
incident that I had experienced, I learnt that in life, we may face obstacles
that may be seemingly impossible or difficult to overcome. But with courage and
the willpower in wanting to succeed, one can definitely pull through, no matter
how tough the conditions are. I also believe that having true friends are also
important as well, because they are the ones that are willing to go an extra
mile to overcome the obstacle together with you.
When I was
sharing this story to my partner, it felt slightly emotional because it reminded
me the pain that I had to go through while doing the exercise. However, after
sharing the story with him, I felt much better, as if I was having one less
burden on my shoulders. I do hope that my partner has learnt something from
this story of mine.