Posted on 06-Nov-2014
Ten years ago, a seven year old girl decided to follow behind her sister’s footsteps and joined the 10th Kuala Lumpur Company. Well, that girl was me. I am Corporal Christie Ngoh and I’m currently 17 years old.
As mentioned above, I joined the 10th Kuala Lumpur Company ten years ago as a Pre-Junior. Being a Pre-Junior and eventually growing older to be a Junior, BB was pretty fun as I had a lot of friends during that time. A lot of activities were carried out weekly like cooking, coloring and even washing cars. However, in the midst of all the fun, as a Junior, I also learned a lot of new things like how to tie basic knots. It was through my Junior years that I learned to be brave as it was during that time that I went for my first camp without my parents or my sister. I also learned the hard way to be less forgetful as I always forgot to bring my cap, cut my nails and wear my belt. However, I was very intrigued by the Seniors and often thought about how cool it would be to become a Senior. So, it was through my Junior years that my love for BB sparked.
Obviously, I grew older and entered the Senior Section. I was pretty excited about it as I got to make many new friends. However, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Most of the time, I got lost in their conversations and got left behind. This was because of the fact that I was from a different secondary school and their conversations were often about teachers, students and topics that I am unfamiliar with. Honestly, it made me feel like an intruder. However, as years passed, most of them left and I was the only female left from my age group. Therefore, this left me no choice but to stay alongside with my sister as I had nobody to talk to. It was around this time that I started to feel lonely and often considered the choice of leaving BB.
Being an awfully shy person, I depended much on my sister to keep me company. Most people kept on telling me that I’m too quiet, shy and antisocial. Though it was slightly true, it angered me. I was honestly perturbed by this and it only strengthened my desire to leave BB for good. But as time passed, I went for many camps including Basic NCOs' Training School (BNTS), ANTS, Pesta and etc. This enabled me to meet new people from different companies who eventually became my friends. They inspired me so much to rekindle my love for BB. It was also then that I was entrusted with many new duties and my sister had also left BB to study abroad. So, I took a leap of faith and decided to peek out of my shell and thought, “This isn’t what I joined BB for. I joined BB to have fun, to learn new things and not to be solemn, lonely and bothered by what others think or feel about me.”
Knowing that it was going to be hard, I often prayed that God would help me to be a better person. I started to show a little of my true colours made new conversations with both new and old members which led to new friendships that are currently blossoming. Though many people may not notice this, I became happy and started to fall in love with BB all over again. I found joy in almost everything that I’ve been doing despite all the different kinds of people I had to work with. I still struggle once in a while to just be myself but I guess you could say that I persevered through it all. Now, I wake up every Saturday, ready to face new challenges and ready to have an enjoyable time with my fellow friends and NCOs whom I love dearly despite all the hard work under the sun. BB has not only taught me a lot of things like being disciplined, punctual, efficient, cooperative and hardworking but it has also taught me to be more sociable. Though I still have a lot more to learn, I would highly recommend everyone to join BB because it pushes you to be a better person not only physically and mentally but in terms of character as well.
Most importantly, it taught me to persevere and to endure through all the happiness, the pain and the frustration for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom as stated in the BB motto as Og Mandino once said, “ I will love the light for it shows me the way yet I will endure the darkness as it shows me the stars.”