I am that child who thought he was born on the moon because his mother told him he was ‘born the same time the first man stepped on the moon’. I am that child that still cannot follow long sentences.
I am that boy who was misdiagnosed as having a hole in the heart, and spent half a year wondering how it would be like to miss Christmas that year. I am that boy who was as stunned as his parents were elated that it was a misdiagnosis. I am that boy whose best laid plans for death at six and a half were dashed.
I am that middle sibling who was never starved for attention because big sis and little brother were, well, big sis and little brother, and there were bruises to show for it.
I am that primary schoolboy puzzled that Chinese was his ‘mother tongue’ when all mother spoke was English. I am that kid who spoke Hokkien to his brother who spoke Cantonese. I am that schoolboy who endured ten years of Chinese tuition and scored four consecutive F9s with a flourish.
I am that budding school play actor who auditioned and scored the lead in ‘The Crucible’, only to be told a week later that the lead actress was too tall for me. I am that budding actor who was deluded enough to think they would find a shorter lead actress.
I am that rugby fanatic who played club rugby. I am that player who thinks he’s better than he actually is.
I am that national serviceman whose full-time stint in a combat unit was his first time away from home. I am that recce trooper who lost a unit mate to an accident. I am that national serviceman who is still in service.
I am the son who never became what you wanted. I am the child who is still trying to please his parents.
I am the university dropout who spent eight years abroad. I am the guy who got arrested. I am the guy who got deported. I am the sorry son of a bitch that came home jobless and unemployable.
I am the fella you hired. I am the guy who ran your business. I am the one who put you on television. I am the man who said you suck and you should quit when you’re this far behind. I am the employee who resigned.
I am the boy you met and fell in love with. I am the child you let fall in love with you.
I am the guy who didn’t know life had a purpose. I am the man you have since informed otherwise.
I am that man, I am that fella, I am that child, I am that guy.