Unexpectedly, as events of the workshop unfolded, I found myself pondering: what constitutes a meaningful life? It is said that death is the greatest equaliser, stripping away all ranks, statuses, wealth, and power. Nevertheless, the one thing that
death cannot erase is the impact a person leaves behind, for better or for worse. Across the four mentors, I bore witness to the impact they left on their family and friends. One was a family man who constantly looked out for his parents, siblings, wife, and
son. Another was a significant contributor to the development of Chinese-medium education and educational institutions. The third was a Tzu Chi volunteer who devoted her life to serving the underprivileged. My mentor was someone who preferred the company of
friends over his own family's, though his daughter in her eulogy nevertheless appreciated him for holding the family together and being the sole breadwinner. During conversations with family members and friends of the mentors, it became apparent that the contributions
to the people around them and society in general were what really mattered. These contributions continue to live on as part of the deceased’s legacies.