I was shocked and concerned when I saw Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trembling on stage before he took ill at the National Day Rally ("Anxiety, then relief, as PM completes rally after taking ill"; Aug 22). Many of us did not expect the Rally to continue. When the news came that he would go on, I felt a prodigious amount of respect for him.
In his speech, Mr Lee said that he hoped for Singaporeans to "be blessed with a divine discontent - always dissatisfied with where we are, always driven to do better".
They say that a strong leader always leads by example. Mr Lee definitely walked the talk when he came back to finish his Rally despite the health episode he experienced.
Sometimes, it is easy to regard our politicians as "immortal". They have been our constant, through all the vicissitudes we have faced as a nation.
However, it is imperative to remember that they are still human and are often overworked too.
Hence, we should learn to be grateful for everything they do for Singapore, which often comes at the expense of their own health.
Let us appreciate what we have, before a future contretemps makes us appreciate what we had.
Ashley Tan Yu Yi, 16,
Secondary 4 student