Voices Of Youth

Be positive about train delays

My classmates and I were exasperated to hear that the train, once again, had broken down (Signalling fault causes delays on Downtown Line; March 2).

It is frustrating when this happens, especially during the rush hour.

But instead of complaining, we should face the problem with a positive attitude.

First, we can see train delays as opportunities to interact with others.

We can take the opportunity to forge new friendships.

Second, we can take the chance to stop and think.

Have we ever appreciated it when our trains were running properly?

Does the inconvenience now outweigh the years of convenience that the transport system has provided us?

I hope that the next time we are stuck in a train delay, we can stop and think about this, rather than tweet about how uncomfortable we are feeling.

Jon Oui, 16

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2018, with the headline 'Be positive about train delays'. Print Edition | Subscribe