25 January 1999. The date is still fresh in my mind. My 1st day in Sekolah Menengah Sains Selangor, Kuala Lumpur.
Who would ever thought a "manja" boy like me who seldom perform any house chores made a decision to enter a boarding school? I still remembered at that time, the decision was only temporary. "One year is enough!" I told myself.
Who would ever thought the decision I made that time means a lot to me right now? I learned a lot of things over 5 years in SMSS. I learned how precious friendship is. A friendship that I still treasure till today. Friends without any benefits. A sincere friendship. Over the span of 13 years, we grow up together. Shared laughter and shed tears.
Had a chat with Amin Dede just now and we discussed on how tremendously everybody has changed. To a better person of course. Over the span of 13 years, I can say that I am proud, in fact VERY proud to grow together with people like all of you. And I am VERY VERY proud to say that everyone of us is doing fine right now and some of us has turned into a very successful human being. The feeling is extremely indescribable. Too abstract, too discreet.
I have to admit how time flies without us knowing. 13 years sounds very long but the feeling was just like yesterday. Next year Insya'Allah will be another year of friendship, another year of knowing each other. Hopefully, the bonds strengthen over time. People come and go, but memories and friendships are something that we need to cherish.
The past is for us to treasure and the future is for us to measure.