lost

That’s what I would call myself in hindsight.

It may sound like exaggeration but it’s really not. I told them when I was in high school in New Zealand that I could support myself financially (through criminal enterprises), that I’m legally an adult there (almost 16) and I was free to do whatever I wanted.

I even said I wanted out of the family.

It took a major crisis that made me reevaluate how my relationship with my parents go and what a shitty son I am.

I’m glad that that’s all in the past and I’m really enjoying a great relationship with my parents now.

Blood runs thicker than water, after all.

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26 Responses to “A spoiled brat”

  1. i teared up reading your story in the website. i seldom read long articles but your life is so interesting and i am so glad that you turned over a new leaf. i support your new life. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. keep on improving hb.

    - Wen

    • Hello Wen Yan! :)

      Thanks for reading and I really appreciate the vote of confidence.

      I’ll keep on doing that – constant improvement is a necessity of life.

      Cheers for the support! :D

  2. Been following you for quite awhile now, I’ve kept faith in you, so it’s nice to see you “change”……
    Hopefully, it continues….. from the rascal that you’re….

    • Hey mate!

      It’s good to hear from you.

      Yup, I know I haven’t been an angel in the past, and probably am one of the few people to publicly admit the atrocities that I did.

      I am changing every day for the better though.

      Thanks for the support mate! :)

  3. How apt that I am reading this the night before flying back to my hometown to spend some time with my folks. Thank you for sharing HB (:

    • It’s always great to hear something like this Vincent! :)

      I’m glad you’re spending more time with your folks and I’m glad that my past story has been of use.

      Cheers bro and take care!

      Have a great weekend with the family!

  4. It was just a passing phase you were going through and I would not blame you for how things turned out then…and neither should you. But what’s past is past…walk on – the future lies ahead – make the most of it, and look not at the bridges that are burning behind you – the past is all over, all gone.

    • Yeah, I guess everyone has their rebellious stage…

      …it’s just that mine was a bit extreme to say the least.

      But you’re right, the past is the past, and what we need to be living in is the future.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence and support my friend.

      Coming from you, someone who actually knows me and a family friend, it means a lot to me.

      Cheers buddy! :)

  5. Don’t worry much, HB. I guess some of us have gone through that phase in life when we think that we’re better off on our own and don’t need our parents in our lives.

    Good to know that you’re now having a close relationship with your parents. =)

    • Thanks Ciana!

      Yeah, that is what every adolescent who goes through puberty feels I guess. I just took it a step further than the majority of people.

      Yup, my relationship with my parents is awesome now…

      …and you know what, I have my past to thank for that.

      You don’t really appreciate something unless you’ve gone through a lot.

      Cheers and thanks for reading! :)

      • Take care too, and be careful not to screw up the relationship with your parents, yeah. By the way, would you mind if I write a post on this on my blog?

        • Thanks Ciana! :)

          Nope, feel free to write about it, I’ll be honored!

          I’m really a lot closer to my parents nowadays and for that I’m thankful.

          Cheers!

  6. i have gone through that phase too! i thought my parents (or more precisely the Mom) was too controlling and over-protecting me that left me no room to breathe. i thought of running away from them but i am glad that i didn’t!

    now that i am staying away from hometown, i guess i appreciate them more . familiarity breeds contempt. so distance do make the heart grows fonder! hehe

    • Heh! You might have a point there Constance. :)

      Yeah, I guess that’s what happens to most people growing up. I’m glad you didn’t run away too – life can be hard to someone who severs all ties to their family at a young age – most people end up in the gang life (only place who would take them) and jail, like a friend of mine in NZ.

      It’s tough.

      I’m glad you appreciate them more now though.

      Cheers to that! :)

  7. HB, lot of children learned from their mistakes as they get older and do regret it. They thought following their friends was so much more important than listening to parents and teachers. Some find out it may cost them something so important in their life and can’t get it back. Other try to make parents forgive them on what happened.

    • Hey there Vickie!

      Yeah, I’m sure a lot of people were influenced by their peers, surprisingly, I wasn’t, I was just made that way for some reason…

      … curiosity and experimentation and all that.

      I just hope my kids won’t be half as rebellious as I was or else I’ll be one helluva trouble. Haha!

      Oh well, if they are, I’ll just roll with it.

      Such is life, eh. :)

  8. I too find that the more time past, the more I value my family, glad that the whole trying to work in US & staying there plan didn’t work out years ago.

    • Yeah, that’s the thing about life eh?

      I remember a poem that goes on about that – never listened to our parents as teens, starting to in the 20′s etc etc. It was poignant and rather sad.

      Good to hear that things turned out for the better mate.

      Cheers for that! :)

  9. Dude test, ms surface

  10. Glad I didn’t know you back when you were a SB then:) haha

    • HAHAHAHA

      Well, yeah I was a bit of a SOB back then, no doubt about it.

      I guess everyone passes through that phase, mine was worse than usual.

      …but the heartening thing is that most come around too. :)

      Cheers!

  11. It’s always good that you do reflect on all these and then repent. Kudos.

    • Thanks Eiling! :)

      Yup, thus is life, we learn from our mistakes and get on with it the best we can.

      Thanks for the kind comments!

  12. You’re the coolest brat I know!

    • Heh! Thanks for the dubious distinction Jessy! :)

      Seriously though, cheers for that, it made me smile.

      Oh well, such is life…at least we learn from our mistakes.

      Cheers! :D

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