Guest Blogger Marina Chan: There are always two sides to a coin and a mask to every façade

Hello guys! Sorry for not blogging for some time. In case you guys were wondering, training’s been going well in Jacksonville so I hope all the hard work will pay off in time to come!

If you remember a few weeks ago, I blogged that in life, it’s always about perspective. (check out article here). I had a chance to read a paragraph that one of our fellow National swimmer, Marina Chan, wrote, which in my opinion was beautifully written and it touched my heart!

Without further ado, here is the paragraph which I enjoyed a lot:



Serenity –
The emotion felt most strongly by many people when they sit on the fine sandy beach and soak in the beautiful and calming waves.
It becomes hypnotizing, that it entrances the people into a more peaceful mode.
The rhythmic sound as the waves slowly kisses the sandy bay.
The sapphire blue color that coats the waves becomes more prominent as the sun slowly starts to rise and the sky turning a shade of crimson red.
The beach is one of the few places where pathetic fallacy is said to come into play, and yet something that offers an escape from the harsh reality itself can turn into a nightmare.
The waves cascade down one another, crashing into shore lined with pebble-sized seashells. As the howling of the wind gets louder and the gust stronger, the waves start to slowly increase in size. Starting off from puppy sized soon developing into a monstrosity. The gentle motions soon start to become stronger, violent and more tenacious.There are always two sides to a coin and a mask to every façade. It changes in accordance to the environment, which draws an unmistakable parallel to the fickle minded nature of humans. We become someone different in front of different people. We don the different masks and our personality switches with each. The catalyst being the environment that an individual is placed to thrive in.

Everyone is different and dons a different mask but then the question becomes ‘Which is the real one?’

– Marina Chan

If you were inspired by the paragraph like I was, I challenge you guys today to see things from a more positive angle, and change each negative situation to a positive one.


And no matter what, always stay true to yourself! 🙂


P.S. We’ll all be heading to Texas next week for a swimming competition from Jan 15-17 before heading back to Singapore so wish us luck!
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One Reply to “Guest Blogger Marina Chan: There are always two sides to a coin and a mask to every façade”

  1. I think you guys are demonstrating a wonderful view of life which really couldn’t exist one generation ago.
    When I was young, life was more about practicality and immediacy. You would come to the beach and lie down and simply enjoy what was there for you without asking for more, or stare at the beach and start planning and dreaming about building a resort there to make money.
    Bernard Chan

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