Everyone’s childhood is different from one another. But while you may think you had a bad childhood growing up, sometimes, your opinion of it may change as you grow older, as these Hong Kong artists discovered.
Recently, artists Jerry Lamb (林晓峰), Michael Tse (谢天华), and Jordan Chan (陈小春) appeared on the talk show “Define (定义) 2021”. One of the topics the host Yi Lijing (易立竞) brought up was their childhood stories. Unsurprisingly, the three artists all had very different lives, growing up.
Jordan was the first to share his background. “I used to think my childhood was bitter and poor, but now I think it was happy,” the Hong Kong actor-singer said. According to Jordan, he used to live with his relatives and did not have toys and TV to entertain himself with. Instead, he worked by taking the cattle up the mountains to graze and bringing them home. “After tasting, eating and experiencing this kind of life, when I grew older and looked back, I think it was very bitter before (it became) sweet,” he concluded.
However, it turns out that Jerry had a more luxurious life than Jordan. “If I was born like these “rich second generations”, my family would be (living well),” Jordan commented. “You must live better than the both of us,” he said to Jerry as Michael agreed. Apparently, Jerry’s parents were in the tailoring business and as such, were able to show their love and care for him.
Although Michael did not have a luxurious life like Jerry, the artist admitted he viewed his childhood life as happy and free. “I didn’t think my childhood was hard, but I felt that I had a very happy life,” he said. Michael shared that he had many siblings, and it was hard for his parents to control all of them. “When I made this show, I knew that the outside world was like this. I was lucky enough to grow up in this environment,” he stated.
Although these artists lived very different lives from one another, they all had one thing in common. Looking back at their childhood now, none of them regretted the way their life was. In fact, they felt they had a very good childhood. Their age has definitely changed some of their perspectives on their early days.