Sunday, July 3, 2011

Extensive Reading (Chapter 1) - Lee Si Yuan

Question: What are your thoughts and feelings about being depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers, and having to put up a front? How do/would you deal with some of these issues.

Personally, I feel that depression, feeling lonely, experiencing heartbreaks and being different from one's peers is something very common. Anyone can easily fall into these traps in society even without knowing themselves. In this modern society, there are countless problems that people face in their everyday lives and many of us do not know how to deal with them.

Everyone have problems and difficulties and it is all about knowing how to face it. For example, 2 person of similar statuses gets fired from a company and they are given the same amount of "pay" when they leave, but one of them manages to live life like how it is while the other falls into depression. The reason of this is that one of them manages to accept the fact that he/she is fired and does not moan over such issues, but rather spend the time to get another job and live life the way it was. While on the other hand, the other person does not accept the fact that he/she was fired and grieve over the issue. From here you can tell that obviously, when one does not forgive and forget, he/she can never live life the way it was.

These issues may seem very saddening to anyone and hard to deal with, but almost everyone working adult had experience it and the best way to due with these issues is to face them. When you encounter a problem, it is certain that you would feel miserable and depressed. However, you should face your problems and move on with life. Problems are just like hurdles in life. They are meant for us to challenge it, jump over it and move on. There is no use grieving with issues that happened in the past but rather you should just face the problem, find a solution and live on with life.


  1. Good job. Excellent explanation and personal feelings. Good use of examples. However you did not give any examples of how you would deal with these issues.

  2. Good introduction and ending to add on. I can see a good thesis statement in the beginning and topic sentence in paragraph 2. Although you did state that facing up to reality is how you should deal with depression, it would be better if you gave more solutions, as I feel that some people cannot face up to reality as they are deeply hurt.