悠然回想起大概三年半前，我孤身隻影來到了這個陌生的地方 — 堪培拉。
開心過、傷心過、笑過、哭過、對過、錯過，百般滋味都在堪培拉一一嚐過。如果你問我，在堪培拉讀書和生活中最大的得著是什麼？我會告訴你，在這裡我更深入地認識了我自己。在成長的過程中，你會發現很多事情都未必如想像中的順利和美好。也許你會為一份不合格的測驗而沮喪; 也許你會為失去一段感情而悲傷; 也許你會為當初未盡力而遺憾。不要緊，這一切的障礙都是在為你加添成長之重量，為了成就將來更堅壯的你，去迎接一段段屬於你自己的獨家回憶。
The Days & Nights of Canberra
I cast my mind back somewhat pensively to three and a half years ago when I arrived as a solitary figure to this strange and unfamiliar place – Canberra.
At that time I was but a youth, spurred on by my passion and excitement to go and explore the world, and yet now I already find myself about to don the mortarboard and graduate. Having gone through the baptism of a Western education these past three or more years, my life experience has been truly enriched in so many ways. I have encountered people from diverse countries, studied their languages and listened intently to their stories. Three and a half years is not really a very long time, and yet not that short a period either, but it has been sufficient to allow me to experience much that cannot be gained from textbook learning. I am extremely glad that I have been able to study in such comfortable surrounds and grateful to have had my friends accompany me along the way. I recall those all-night sessions playing mah-jong while pouring out our hearts to one another, those many days when we buried our heads deep in study around the clock and those times when some friends and kindred spirits joined together in singing competitions and such. I have no regrets for such frenetic adventures. Without experiences such as these, my progression through university would not have enjoyed such fullness.
I have encountered some very fine people whose glances I first met from with within this vast and surging sea of faces. As the Chinese proverb says:
When living at home, rely on your mother and father.
When you have left home, rely on your friends.
This proverb made me realise how I have managed to get through these last three years. Whenever I was anxious about my studies or encountered any setbacks, it was these friends who supported me and gave encouragement, yet there were others who told tales or mocked you behind your back.
Outside of any book learning, the one compulsory university course you must also take is a course on how to interact with others. The materials for this ‘course’ will be different for each person. You cannot put them into words. You can only realise them through your own experience.
Happiness and broken-heartedness, laughter and tears, right and wrong, I have tasted all of these in Canberra. If you asked me what my greatest achievement in both my studies in Canberra and my life would be, I would answer that it was here that I was able to know myself deeply. In the process of growing up you realise that many things do not go as smoothly as expected. Perhaps you failed to get the grade you wanted in an exam. Perhaps you are broken-hearted after a failed romance. Perhaps you have some regrets about not performing your best.
Do not worry about them because these obstacles add weight to your growth as a person and become an integral part of your memories as a person.
So readers, in particular those of you have just arrived in Canberra, never be afraid of these tests as they emerge.
You and I will always be a main character of our own story that vitalizes the days and nights of Canberra.
The Days & Nights of Canberra