Happy Canada Day!
I learned to sing "O, Canada!" before even landing on Canadian soil. It was on my MP3 player (a.k.a. my mobile phone) and cheered me up on the (many) days when I dragged my feet to work as a nurse in Singapore.
[To paraphrase from Amy Fabulous's article on 24h Vancouver dated 29-Jun-2012.] When faced with a problem, there are 3 options to take:
- Remove yourself from the situation: This is what I did by migrating to Canada. I know that I am probably exchanging one set of problems for another (click here and here), but I'm game to try something different.
- Change it: You can keep trying different methods of changing the situation. E.g. My friend who is making an appeal regarding her clinical failure.
- Accept it totally: From April 2007 when I started my nursing training in Singapore until August 2010 when I left my nursing employment in a Singapore hospital, there was so much shit thrown my way that I wished I was Teflon-coated, so that all the shit would slide-off me. [Click here, here, here and here for some examples.] Yet, I sucked it all up and kept my eyes focused on my ultimate goal -- to complete a goal that I've set for myself. Was it tough? Sure as hell! Was it worth it? Well, as I stand today, I think that I have learnt from my experience and (hopefully) it makes me a better person. The bottom line: I have learnt how determined I can be (once I've set my mind on something); and my past experience makes me appreciate the opportunities and privileges that Canada (especially B.C.) offers to me.
So yeah, I am happy to have moved* from one red-and-white flag to another red-and-white flag. Cheers to the maple leaf!
O Canada (English version)
O CANADA (English rock-and-roll version)
by DAYLIGHT FOR DEADEYES
*Note: By "moved", I mean "reside". I am still a Singapore citizen.