Patrick Tan, a first-year student in King’s College London, he always appears to be quiet and introverted. The first meeting gave people a gentle temperament, so it’s difficult to picture him as someone who can’t live without sports. It’s surprising how well he can grasp a variety of sports including football, volleyball and table tennis and produce outstanding outcomes in a large number of contests. He was a gifted athlete who captained the varsity squad in three sports in high school. Patrick Tan shared some stories about how sports had changed his life and helped him become a better person.
When did you first develop a strong interest in sports?
“Oooh, honestly this question brings back some childhood memories. By chance, I was fortunate enough to watch a World Table Tennis Open live with my father when I was eight years old. These excellent players staged wonderful competitions for the audience. Their outstanding abilities and enthralling game atmosphere wowed me. I was greatly moved by players’ tenacity and never-give-up attitude. Since then, I’ve got a great desire to participate in sports and attend matches.”
How much time and effort do you put into sports?
“I’ve been a member of the table tennis school team since elementary school and have trained every day. Usually I was sweating and training in front of the ping pong table while other students were playing and resting after school. The hard-working spirit I cultivated since I was a child makes me look out of tune with other classmates, but this is what I like to do. Furthermore, I also spend a lot of time playing football and volleyball, as you know haha…”
Do you think it is worth?
“Yeah, absolutely. I believe my exertion and reward are proportional. Through accumulated training and dedication, I achieved excellent results in many large-scale competitions and was successfully selected into the provincial table tennis team when I was in middle school. I’ve always believed that “no pain, no gain.” My teammates and I also won the student volleyball and soccer championships two years ago.”
How do you think table tennis has changed you?
“That is a good question. Table tennis taught me that the best way to progress is to put in steady effort day after day. Never be afraid of your opponent in a game; even if you are far behind, you must not surrender. The same is true in life. I am not afraid of any challenges and will do everything in my power to overcome them and persevere until the end.”
Is this true for other sports as well?
“Not quite the same. In high school, I was the captain of the football and volleyball teams. I used to be a little shy and apprehensive about approaching others even dislike interacting and communicating with people. Through these team sports, I learned a lot of communication skills and social skills that help me get along with people and solve problems in life better.”
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have thought that a brash, quick-witted bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune through shrewd investments, and one day be Governor of California? The amazing story of megastar Arnold Schwarzenegger was a true “rags to riches” tale of a penniless immigrant making it in the land of opportunity, the United States of America.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in a small town in Austria, the term “rags to riches” is perhaps overused in showbusiness, but it can be applied quite literally in the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger. No one can think what he will achieve in the future. His father was a police officer, and his parents always expected him to follow in his father’s footsteps, but Arnold had other plans. From a young age, he took a keen interest in physical fitness and bodybuilding, going on to compete in several minor contests in Europe. These dreams started when he saw the bright lights of Hollywood on the television, he saw America as the land of opportunities, the land that he wanted to make it to. After seeing ‘Reg Park’ on the front of a magazine and seeing how successful he had become as a bodybuilder turned movie star in America. It was from that moment Arnold decided his future, he wanted to pursue bodybuilding and become ‘Mr. World’ in the bright lights of Hollywood. Schwarzenegger can seemingly do anything he sets his mind to “with empty pockets but full of dreams.”
After many setbacks and people telling him he’d never make it, Arnold proved the world wrong by moving to the United States of America in 1968 and rising to fame. He became a huge movie star through his effort. Not only is Arnold our beloved movie star from well-known blockbusters such as ‘Terminator’, ‘Total Recall’, ‘Batman and Robin’, but has also had a very successful political career and he was best known as “The Governator of California”.
“Never ever think small, if you’re going to accomplish anything, you have to think big and shoot for the stars” Arnold Schwarzenegger said. He would always be visualizing his dream, and therefore he would consistently do better than the best that he could possibly do. In his wise words, he explains and encourages people to work hard in life, keep working, and to never give up or give in. If you want to be successful and live your best life, the first and most important thing you can do is work hard. Arnold was one of the most popular and famous people alive today. He was doubtlessly the most famous bodybuilder who ever lived, for one, as well as one of the greatest action movie stars of all time. There was no doubt that his life was inspirational and varied which was admired and respected by many people.
“I was born on this ship, and the world passed me by.” If someone ask me to make a list of movies that make me feel a lot of emotions after watching them, “The Legend of 1900” will undoubtedly be on it.
This film tells the life of the legend in 1900 from the perspective of the best friend of the male protagonist. The protagonist of the story was abandoned on a Virginia cruise ship in 1900. One day, coolie Danny on the cruise ship found an abandoned baby in first class, he decided to adopt him. Because it happened in the first month of the first year of the new century, he was named 1990. 1900 first showed his piano talent one night, at that time, the sleeping captain, crew and tourists on board were awakened by the sudden beautiful melody in the concert hall, but unexpectedly, 1900 sat in front of the piano and played music in the concert hall. After 1900 growing up, he became a famous mysterious marine pianist. Later, he fell in love with a girl on a boat. He struggled to get off the boat to pursue the girl for love, but he gave up. More than ten years later, the ship became an abandoned ship. When the ship was about to be blown up, he still chose to stay on the ship and disappear in the world with the ship.
The persistence of refusing to get off the ship is actually to find the meaning of life, which is also the core idea embodied in the film – “Existentialism”. “Existentialism” is actually a very rebellious theory from the perspective of history and a very realistic theory from the perspective of the future. The reason why this film can become a classic that many people repeatedly aftertaste is that it covers too many romantic and illusory feelings, including the persistence of sticking to the heart, peace away from the noise, simple human nature and free soul. The crisscross of urban streets on land that made 1900 feel “fear” and “collapse”, and all kinds of uncertain are human desires. This endless desire is the real reason why artists lose themselves. But he refused, unwilling to fall into a huge and nihilistic vortex. As a pure artist, living in the abyss of endless and unknown desire, he will lose his true self and real music.
The spiritual core of “The Legend of 1900” is undoubtedly innocence and freedom: the gifted 1900 is such a symbol, he is uninhibited and unmoved by the world, just because playing is his lifelong love, he does not have to get off the boat and must be immersed in music all the time in the purest joy. This film is dedicated to those who always yearn for simplicity and distance from the hustle and bustle. Innocence is their inherent property that does not change over time. The film was nominated for a variety of awards worldwide, winning several for its soundtrack. This is a film worth watching and reflecting on numerous times.