Archive for May, 2011

2011年5月8日

So I returned to Japan from Australia today as I went back to Australia during Japan’s “Golden Week“, basically a week long holiday.

When I was back in my Country, I spoke with my grandparents who have decided to move out into a semi-looked after retirement village where they don’t have to cook and wash dishes and maintain gardens. Besides the face that they are getting older, do you ever actually sit down and think about the fact that you’re getting older? I think the answer is yes. Whilst this probably doesn’t apply to a lot of people, my grandma said something which struck something within me. She said “You always think you’re getting older. You always say you’re getting older and when you get older you’ll do such and such. Even when you’re old, you continue to say ‘when I’m old’ or ‘when I’m older’ but it’s a sad and painful fact when you have to admit to yourself that ‘I am old’ “. 

Not only that, on the aeroplane ride coming back to Japan I watched a Japanese movie with the English title: 1778 Stories of Me and My Wife. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrUaMT__HmM]
I don’t want to ruin the story line of it, but it really made me realise that I have to knuckle down and do the things that I want to do in my life before it’s too late and I’m at a point in my life where I have to admit ‘I am old’.

Back to teaching tomorrow. I hope that I can help inspire some of my students (all of them would be great) to reach out and do the things that they want to do. To waste your life is just a waste of the world’s resources.

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