学空手道保护关爱的人—第39届康乐股长蔡鸿达
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学空手道保护关爱的人—第39届康乐股长蔡鸿达

年关前,学校假期的一个中午,我和鸿达相约吃饭。坐在我面前的鸿达,穿着正式,体现专业形象,在周遭穿着随意的人当中,显得突出。

鸿达准时抵达,耐心等待我的到来。他甚至在我抵达后,对于我抽空访问他,表示愧疚和歉意。这让我不知如何是好。其实感到亏欠的应该是我,因为他在工作日抽出时间接受我的访问实属难得。

作为Y世代的一员,我对鸿达如此谦厚的性格,着实感到难能可贵。如今的年轻一代,很少有像他这样的特质。

我和鸿达认识不深,少过一年的时间吧!不过,这个年轻人的确让我留下深刻印象。除了因为他无时无刻都是那么谦和之外,他和不同年龄、各阶层的人都能很好地沟通,也让人刮目相看。

鸿达毕业于南洋理工大学工程系。在校时,他是宿舍里活跃的一份子,常参加各类宿舍活动。由于参加多项活动,他培养了多方面的能力,能够应对生活中大大小小的事物。对鸿达来说,担当起领导任务一点也不陌生。他曾经在宿舍活动中,担任两天一夜探险游的主席,和大伙一起主办攀高活动,夜间骑脚踏车活动以及一起划船等。这过程一点也不简单,因为他们需要筹集经费,确保活动得以展开,不过,他们一组人总算做到了。

 鸿达是在22岁开始学习空手道,作为强身健体的锻炼。他目前是空手道褐黑带高手。鸿达说,学习空手道除了让自己更健康强壮外,也可以自卫,还能保护关爱的人。此外,学习这类武术也能坚定自己的意志力,增进自律精神,协助自己达到生活目标。练武以外,鸿达也定期跑步。闲时,他也喜欢和好友到KTV唱唱歌。

鸿达是同安会馆副康乐股长,也是现有理事中,年纪最轻的。能够和一些比他年长好多倍的前辈一起合作,他感到新鲜。问鸿达为什么决定竞选会馆理事,曾拿会馆奖学金的他,毫不迟疑表示,这是他贡献会馆的一个方式。

鸿达和会馆的渊源久远。多年前,他随祖父到会馆参加会员大会。那时,现今文教股股长林丽平网罗他进会馆。随后他便日益积极参加会馆活动。通过活动,鸿达认识了不少各年龄层的朋友,也学会了如何跟不同人打交道。他表示,和前辈沟通让他学会生活技能,好些是学校里学不到的。最重要的是,这个过程达到了双赢效果,让年轻人和年长者增进彼此的了解。

不知不觉,访谈逐渐转变成我和鸿达之间的聊天和分享。我们开始就多个课题交流意见,如对今天的Y世代,对会馆的看法等。鸿达说,会馆必须有年轻人。这才能确保会馆有新血。如果会馆的传统无法持续,将是十分可惜的一件事。
作为财务策划师,鸿达解释让他不断往前冲的动力,那就是无论从事什么行业或做什么事,都必须有增值作用,而且一个人也必须明了自己所做的事的最终目标,认为应该做的事,就要勇往直前,日后回头看时,才不会有遗憾。

 俗话说:己所不欲,勿施于人。

古罗马哲学家塞内加也说过:生命像一场戏。是戏剧,也是生命。重要的不是戏剧的长短,而是它的价值。

鸿达深信不移。

英文撰稿:Teo Yong Ernn 
中文翻译:林丽平

Learning Karate to protect his loved ones

Sitting before me on a weekday at lunch, Hong Tat dons a professional outfit that stands out amongst the weekday (school holiday) crowd.

Having arrived promptly for the interview, Hong Tat waited patiently for my arrival and even expressed his apologies, insisting that I had taken time out of my schedule to interview him and that he felt bad. Such a gesture was certainly unexpected since it was the other way around – him doing me a favor by accepting my interview on a workday.

As a citizen of Generation Y, I was indeed impressed by the humility that Hong Tat possessed – a rare trait displayed amongst they young nowadays.

My encounters with Hong Tat have not come a long way – well, let’s say that I’ve only known him for about less than a year. However, this gentleman has indeed left a deep impression because his modest disposition that he never fails to carry and his ability to interact so actively with just about anyone from any generation.

As a graduate of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Engineering faculty, Hong Tat shared his experience back in school. He was an active hall resident and participated in numerous hall activities. His exposure to activities from a broad spectrum increased his versatility in his dealings with day-to-day issues. Leadership roles are definitely not foreign to Hong Tat as he chaired a local expedition with his fellow hall-mate and together with the other committee members, organised a series of activities which included high elements, night-cycling and kayaking for fellow hall residents. The process of doing canvassing activities to fund the 2 days 1 nite activity was indeed a challenge but they managed to pull through.

In terms of personal well-being, Hong Tat started taking up Karate classes at the age of 22. He is currently a brown-black belt holder. When asked for the reason behind such a decision, he said that it was for self-defense and to protect his loved ones as well as to increase his health and fitness level. In addition, he felt that taking up such a martial art could actually build up his mental discipline in striving for his aims in life. He also goes jogging regularly and enjoys KTV sessions with friends.

Hong Tat is currently the Deputy Head of Lifestyle Section of the Tung Ann District Guild Council. Being one of the youngest members in the board, he finds it really interesting to be able to work alongside with fellow committee members who are many years his senior.
When asked about why he decided to step up and be one of the members of the board, he added without hesitation that it was because he wanted to contribute to the Guild in one way or another.

Searching and taking root at Tung Ann District Guild

Hong Tat’s experience with TAGD started many years back when he used to tag along for the AGMs that his grandfather attended. He was scouted by the current Head of Culture and Education Ms Lim Li Peng and became actively involved in the activities held by the Guild. During the times spent in the Guild, Hong Tat made many friends of all ages and has acquired greater knowledge and PR skills in the process. He highlighted that interacting with the older generation has allowed him to learn life-skills that cannot be gained even through the mainstream education system. Most importantly, it all ends up in a ‘win-win’ situation where both the young and old benefit by understanding each other better.

It was without our notice that the interview gradually turned into a conversation and sharing session between Hong Tat and myself. It was interesting as we started exchanging views on how we, as Gen Y of today’s world, view the Guild. He added that the presence of the young did matter, as it would then serve as a catalyst to bring in new blood. It would then be a pity should there be a discontinuation in such a tradition.
Currently carving out his career as a financial planner, Hong Tat explains the force that keeps his adrenaline running – he emphasizes the importance of adding value to anything that one undertakes. In addition, one has to be aware of one’s purpose in doing something. If one feels that something ought to be done, then just do it so that there will be no regrets when one looks back in the future.

Hong Tat also believes strongly in the following idoms: ‘do not do to others what you do not want to be done to you.’

Also, Roman Philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca once said, ‘Life’s like a play. And as it is with a play, so it is with life – what matters is not how long the acting lasts, but how great it is.’