Age is only a num­ber

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - INBOX - A fel­low Pe­nan­gite

I HAVE been fol­low­ing Wil­liam K.C. Kee’s ar­ti­cles when­ever I could over the years. Read­ing his #TheNewBlack col­umn to­day ( Hit­ting the big 4-0, Dec 4) prompted me to write in. I have never writ­ten to any news­pa­per be­fore.

I can to­tally re­late to his ar­ti­cle. In fact, I am one of those who have re­cently quit his job (as quoted in his ar­ti­cle) as part of the big 40 change. Oh and the part about squeaky knees – wel­come to the club! LOL!! No, I don’t have squeaky knees but I have be­come more aware of the con­di­tion of my body and how signs of age­ing have be­gun to set in. I also won­der if it is re­ally that or just me be­ing para­noid about mi­nor aches and pains.

Like Kee, I have also be­gun to no­tice that the peo­ple around me are so much younger – in the of­fice, in the me­dia, even on the streets! Urgh. More signs of age­ing?

I am also try­ing to come to terms with the change in big fig­ure “4”. I still cringe at it and am se­ri­ously try­ing to re-look and re-as­sess my life. Maybe a to­tal shift is re­quired.

Well, that’s my task for 2014 – to fig­ure out what I want to do and how I want to live the sec­ond part of my life. I have been work­ing in Sin­ga­pore for the past six and half years and have re­cently moved back to Kuala Lumpur af­ter I quit my job in Sin­ga­pore. I still have par­ents and rel­a­tives in Pe­nang so I will be spend­ing some time back in Pe­nang soon too. So sorry to read about the demise of Kee’s dad. My con­do­lences to him and his fam­ily. It is al­ways hard when we lose a par­ent. I con­stantly worry about mine too.

Well, the fes­tive sea­son and year end will soon be upon us, so to Kee, en­joy the re­main­ing months of be­ing in your 30s! Your big-fig­ure doesn’t change un­til July 2014, so there are still many many months of be­ing in your 30s! And af­ter that, just re­mem­ber that age is only a num­ber. You are de­fined by who you are and the choices you make, not by your age.

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