Penning my thoughts now in bed using my smartphone, and while I thank Apple for the invention of this device, I guess we all owe it to this important man in Singapore for giving us the opportunity to live the life we are living right now.
Blessed we are, to be able to access the Internet anytime, anywhere – allowing us to connect with people from different parts of the world, allowing us to travel without being physically there. Blessed we are, to be able to have three meals a day, to have a shelter over our heads, to enjoy life as a healthy being.
We may not have the best city skyline nor iconic spots that we can go on a road trip to, because we are as a country, merely a tiny red dot. But for a country as small as we are, we certainly have everything else and it's not only that – whatever we have, they are all of world class standard. We have a world class airport that is highly raved about by tourists from other parts of the world. We have a world class education system that gets worldwide recognition wherever we go. For that, we can't deny that we are most definitely a first world country.
It didn't come by easy. I didn't have to go through all the political dilemma and unhappiness Singapore went through to become independent. I didn't live through the hard times in Singapore. All of it were possible only because of the efforts, blood and tears from our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Every inch of Singapore was his fruit of labor, and it is saddening he won't get to see it turn 50 years old in 2015.
While we may complain about the long waiting time for public transport, how we have to squeeze with the crowd and that whenever the trains break down, all we ever do is lament about it. We have all forgotten to be grateful – to be grateful for what we have, rather than to resent for what we haven't got.
It is only with Mr Lee Kuan Yew's illness and passing that we all learnt to be grateful, to give thanks for all we have – safety, harmony and peace. We certainly wouldn't have had it all if not for Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Which other city can you be in, that you can walk on the streets at 3am, without fearing that you'd get shot by a stranger? Even the prettiest of all cities with the world's finest architectures aren't as safe as Singapore is.
Who would have seen hope in a fishing village that Singapore was, decades ago? Who would be willing to give up his entire life building up something that no one else probably saw the light in, knowing that if everything disintegrates, you'd be left with nothing? That was Mr Lee Kuan Yew for us.
At age 21, I am one of the younger generations in Singapore that definitely have not fully fathom what it has been through and how much Mr Lee has done for us, but reading articles written by other professionals definitely made me come to a realisation that he is surely a legacy.
Today, Singaporeans from all walks of life come together to mourn the loss of our founding father. Forget about the differences in our political viewpoints for now, we should all come together and thank our man for his contributions, for giving up his life to build for us a better future, a better place for all of us to be in. For that, I am blessed and lucky to be born in Singapore, and I'm thankful for that.
More importantly, we should celebrate for Mr Lee Kuan Yew has lived a full life, and now that he is able to finally reunite with Mrs Lee, we should be glad for he is at a better place with the love of his life.
Rest in peace, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.