If my childhood had a smell, it’d be that of the rain. It’s something a lot of people, especially farmers, look forward to. Yet, rain can cause floods, which destroy people’s lives. I see rain as a balance between good and bad, much like my childhood. While I have a lot of good memories with my family, there were also some unpleasant moments brought on by poverty.

I regret not learning how to save money when I was younger. I spent cash on meaningless things because I didn’t understand the value of saving. Had I started putting money away from as early as high school, I’d probably be a millionaire by now!

READ MORE: 5 minutes with The River's Cobra

I’ve come to realise that there’s no life formula — we are all doing the best we can. When I was younger, I assumed that finishing school automatically meant that you’d secure a job, get married, and buy a big house. It wasn’t until I got older that I realised that life actually gets unbearable and di cult at times. Everything that seemed simple then suddenly became tough. Yes, it’s possible to get everything that you want, but it’s not as easy as you’d assumed it would be.

The best thing about growing up is the freedom to fully express yourself. I don’t think our parents valued our opinions much as kids. In my teens, I was very active, inquisitive and opinionated, but I didn’t have a platform to express my views. Now, I get to contribute in discussions when family issues arise. However, we must not forget that with freedom of expression comes responsibility. Be prepared to be held accountable for everything you say and do.

WANT TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE? GRAB THE MAY ISSUE OF TRUE LOVE, ON SALE NOW!