A friend I’ve been to talking to a lot lately typifies a Singaporean “achieving” teen. Good grades and results, seen as a very good kid. But unwilling to take risks, not wanting to think for herself, and doing things just for the sake of it.

She’s been complaining a lot about all the things she has to do. And yet she still continues to force herself to do it. Without any reason. When asked, she doesn’t seem to be able to answer or provide a reason for it.

That’s an attitude that’s very prevalent here in Singapore. People who do things just because it’s “what’s expected”, just because it’s what everyone else does. And it’s one thing that I can’t stand about Singapore.

Why are you doing what you are doing? Is it just because it’s expected of you?