Saturday, 12 May 2012

Good Advice to Senior Citizens

One shall hope that such critical physical condition won't befall upon him/her too soon

This is a translated script from a Chinese text. The translator (Not me!) did it in the direct Chinese writing style, using the tone as a First Person – YOU all the time. Don’t feel offended but read on.  It carries some wisdom alright.  Thank you for your patience.

Old man displays his affection for his partner by feeding her fruit slices.
                                       Till death do us part

“There are 1000-year old trees in the mountain, but not many 100 year-old people”
At the most, you live until 100 years old (only 1 in 100,000).
If you live until 90, you only have 30 years.
If you live until 80, you only have 20 years.

The expressionless couple mulls over each other's presence as a pain in the ass

Because you don’t have many years to live, and you can’t bring along things when you go, you don’t have to be too thrifty. Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate, but don’t leave all to your children or grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become “parasites”.

Chances are rare that old couple could go senile at the same time to do crazy things together

Don’t worry about what will happen after you are gone, because when you return to dust, you will feel nothing about praises or criticisms.

             Well-dressed couple go for morning ride on a tricycle

Hand in hand together we stroll by the walkway, on the way to the park

Don’t worry too much about your children for “children will have their own destiny and find their own way. Don’t be your children’s slave”. Don’t expect too much from your children. Caring children, though caring, would be too busy with their jobs and commitments to render any help. Uncaring children may fight over your assets even when you are still alive, and wish for your early demise so they can inherit your properties. Your children take for granted that they are rightful heirs to your wealth; but you have no claims to their money.

I hope that she won't take up arms to express her feeling
Brave retired teacher Aunt Annie wouldn't be cowed by mobs of the police force to show her inner strength for a justified cause

For 60-year olds, don’t trade in your health for wealth anymore; because money alone may not be sufficient to buy good health.

Some senior citizens queue at the bank to receive wellfare aid
               Citizens in need of food aids lining up in one Canadian city.

Learn to live longer to be respected and remembered favourably

When to stop making money, and how much is enough (hundred thousands, million, ten million)? “Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can only consume three quarts (of rice) daily; out of a thousand of mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night”. So as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is good enough. So you should live happily. Every family has its own problems. Just do not compare with others for fame and social status and see whose children are doing better, etc. but challenge others for happiness, health and longevity.

                                Life is too good, too beautiful to last

Don’t worry about things, situations, and your past endeavor; too much of drooping over these states of affairs may ruin your health.

Tai Chi and outdoor classic social dancing are good exercises for older people. By doing so they are exposed to sunlight and have chances to meet old and new friends.

You have to create your own well-being and find your own happiness; As long as you are in good mood, think about happy things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing, and then you will pass your time happily every day. As one day passes, you will lose one day; One day passes with happiness, and then you gain one day.

One outcast grumpy old man played by Mel Gibson in the movie "The Beaver"
                           This is Madam Quick Draw McGranny

Don't let Alzheimer's Syndrome come to you too soon

When in good spirit, sickness will cure; with good spirit, sickness will cure fast; and with good spirit; sickness will never befallen on you. With good mood and temperament, reasonable amount of exercise, remain outdoor for some sunshine as always, variety of foods, suitable amount of vitamin and mineral intake, you will be able to live another 20 or 30 years of healthy life.
                                         Love will keep us together

Alan CY Kok

                             Summary of Life
The original Chinese Text:

山中也有千年樹,世上難逢百歲 人。
最大限度,你也只活到百多歲 (十萬人中才有一個)。
因為剩下的日子不多,你臨走時 什麼都帶不走,你不必太節省。  該花的錢要花,該享 受的要享受,該捐助的要捐助;惟獨不能留這筆錢給兒孫,把他(她)變 寄生蟲”!

不必對死後的事考慮太多,因為 變成灰的你,對表揚與批評已無感覺。
不要對兒女幻想太多,孝順的兒 女有孝心,但工作太忙,幫不了你!
不孝的兒女也許(在你活著時就 搶奪)盼著你早死,好早日繼承你的財產。

你的錢財,兒女認為給他們是天 經地義;
兒女的錢,卻不是你的錢,你想 要卻十分困難。

六十歲的你,再也不要用健康去 換取身外之物,
錢掙到何時、何數(十萬,百 萬,千萬……)才算夠?良田萬頃,日食三升 ;大廈千間,夜眠八 ,夠吃夠用就行了。

你要愉快地活著,雖然家家都有 一本難念的經,你不要再和別人比名利地位、兒孫如何有出息……等等,而要比誰活得更愉快、健康、長壽!

你無力改變的事,就不必太操 心,因 為操心也無用,反而影響了自己的健康。

幸福靠自己努力創造,快樂要千 方百計去尋找,
只要心境好,每天想愉快的事,做愉快 的事,自己找樂趣,就能天天都過得高興。

保證多種維生素和微量元素的合理(適 度而不超量)吸收,盼能健康地再活二、三十年

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