This is a user submission to IRL. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, and do not represent the opinions of IRL or its affiliates. Sometimes I wonder what the meaning of life is. People around me have described it as a journey from A to Z. Others see it as a process of growth in stages from a child to an elderly person before waving goodbye to this world. Some may have a better life in this reality while others are still struggling to cope with the ups and downs of this journey. For me, I see life as a series of challenging aspects, full of obstacles ahead of us. But I believe we are here to experience the process of becoming better humans, right? After all, we are born to lend a helping hand to each other and assist those in dire need of help. Why am I penning my Life\u2019s journey? I am an ordinary person and come from an average and single-parent family. I don't have any siblings, and was taught to be independent since I was small. Back when I was still a kid, I had already understood the meaning of life, although the people around me hadn\u2019t yet arrived at this stage. The reason is simple: I faced hardships as a kid that set me apart from the others. I don\u2019t mean to boast \u00a0\u2014 \u00a0but I had a driven personality, coupled with the understanding that I had to strive to earn a living. I didn't have many friends due to my family background; I grew up in a sophisticated environment and lacked family attachments. And yet, money was a concern for me back then. To support myself, I would go all-out, juggling part-time tasks after school. I began working as a waiter from Form 1 until Form 4. After school hours and after quickly completing my homework, I would rush back home for my work. As such, I rarely had the chance to join any extracurricular activities. The only time I was able to enjoy my passion for running and football was during my day off. That's why I empathise with the plight of the poor until now. Appreciate the people around us When I started my career platform at the age of 25, my mind was focused solely on accruing wealth and status. Seven years ago, I would go all-out to work hard for my future. After some time, I took a pause to gather my thoughts. I realised that I had neglected my family all these years. Since I started work, I have been on duty every single year during Chinese New Year festivities. It was then I realised, what do I wish to achieve in my life? Money, status, family or health? All of these thoughts were running through my mind when I encountered my friend's ordeal one day. Her name is F. She comes from a well-educated and rich background, and yet she is the type of person who cares for her friends and sacrifices a lot for her family. Just last week, her world came crashing down when she was informed by her doctor that she had Stage Two cancer. When I heard the news from a mutual friend during a New Year\u2019s gathering, I was stunned. Why did such a thing happen to F? How am I going to console her? Although she is a positive person by nature, I worried that no one in the world would ever be able to accept such heartbreaking news. Money is not everything in this world Even now, F is still trying to avoid everyone around her. I understand her feelings and I know the difficulty she needs to go through. After all, the Journey of Life is wide and broad. They say that \u201cMoney is not everything in this world.\u201d After I heard about F\u2019s news, I realised this was true. My new mantra is now: \u201cAlways spend time with loved ones.\u201d That\u2019s how I intend to live the rest of my life. For more stories like this, read: \u00a0What My Father\u2019s Death Taught Me\u00a0and\u00a05 Life Mistakes I Made Without Realizing It.