Chinese new year is a season to celebrate and share moments with your love ones. It is a time for you to forget about work related issues and focus on spending as much family time (e.g. enjoying your reunion dinner) and time with friends if you can, because studies can wait, but Chinese New Year only happens once a year!
I decided to write about this today because I’m still seeing people studying on this special occasion, which in my opinion is unacceptable (sorry for the harsh word used). I have to admit that I did some work yesterday for about an hour, but after an hour or so I was like “screw this, I should be spending more time with my family instead.” so I dropped my books and started went to spend some family time.
Let me ask you an honest question, when you’re old and not as active as you are in the future, will you remember what grade you got for math or chemistry, or would you remember the jokes, the awesome Mahjong and poker sessions that you have spent with your family and friends? I’m sure it would be those great moments that you spent with your family and friends.
To be honest, even when I’m in University now, I can’t remember what grades I got during secondary school, because at this point in my life now, those grades are of no value to me. So this indirectly means that it’ll definitely be impossible for me to remember the grades I get in University now when I start working next time.
“But I remember the grades I got throughout primary and secondary school!”
Alright, to be fair, I know everybody is different, so if you’re not like me and you remembered the various grades you got in school, then let me ask you this, will your future boss hire you next time solely based on your grades? Well, grades mean something, but they are not everything.
Ultimately, your future boss will hire you for your ability to work in a team, your ability to communicate well, and your ability to plan and organize your work. These are the key elements that your boss will look for when hiring you, and not about the A grade you got in your Math. So drop your books, and start spending time with your family, because family time allows you to train this skills which will benefit you in the future, and not by completing math questions.
“No! I still think my school GPA will matter when I work in the future.”
Ok, if you think that grades are everything, then let me ask you a simple question. Knowing the importance of spending family time, will you still be able to fully focus on doing your work and neglecting your family? And even if you managed to study, will you not feel guilty that you didn’t spend family time on this special occasion?
So… Drop your books, and go spend some family time. 🙂
“NO! I will not feel guilty when I don’t spend family time. Studying is love, studying is life…”
Ok, if that’s the case, then I hope you grow up having all the As you wish for and also remember to laminate your results slip so that you can stick it on to your wall and remember how enjoyable these moments were, because I know for sure that you won’t be able to remember the grades you got in school when you start working so DROP YOUR BOOKS, AND START SPENDING SOME FAMILY TIME.
Jokes aside, here’s to wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! Drop your books and start spending more quality family time. Trust me, these will be the moments that you’ll treasure as you grow older. And with this, I will end off my blog post and go enjoy my reunion dinner with my family. 🙂
P.S. To the teachers who are really strict on their students: If your students didn’t manage to finish their homework in time, please forgive them, because they must have spent some quality family time over Chinese New Year. 😉