Walking in the shadow of age 走在年齡的影子
When we talk challenges, we think big things. We expect the extraordinary. But that is not always what life gives us. (English below. Please scroll down to read)
When we talk challenges, we think big things. We expect the extraordinary. But sometimes the most incredible are the smallest and the most challenging what nobody notices. I love challenges and often seek them out but I will never forget the challenge which came to find me.
Since I was a child I always loved old people. Making friends with the grannies and aunties in my neighborhood, I remember all by myself often stopping to visit on my way home from school, to drink tea, share stories, laugh together.
When I went to university an opportunity arose to care for an older lady. I accepted. Nothing special, for me caring for our older folk, related or not, cherishing their rich life experience, this is our responsibility. But I didn't expect this experience to challenge me so much.
Seeing the ever increasing incapacities, I learnt to keep a smile while my heart wept tears. Seeing an artist who adored words have the very object of their love stolen from their capacity is of the strongest violence.
This is true hardship.
We need to stop wasting our energy and our focus on our hardships for what is coming will be incomparably harder.
And even more let us not waste the wealth of experience of our older people. We must cherish them, learn from them, and put a smile in their hearts which will never fade with time.
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