Make your day!

Keep your­self busy do­ing things that you will en­joy do­ing.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SENIOR - By TAN LING SUAN

THERE are some who may just sit around af­ter re­tire­ment, wait­ing for “in­ter­est­ing” things to hap­pen. They get bored and even­tu­ally feel ne­glected. No­body can make life in­ter­est­ing for you if you don’t make an ef­fort your­self. Even if the weather is bad, you can still have a good day! How? Try some of the sug­ges­tions here.

I keep hear­ing about how pre­cious “old friends” are, and I have en­joyed very warm re­la­tion­ships with many of them. I also have “new friends” (older and younger) who have turned out to be equally pre­cious. Yes, be­yond fam­ily, one can be en­riched by pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with dif­fer­ent types of char­ac­ters in dif­fer­ent set­tings. At­tend­ing gath­er­ings can be so stim­u­lat­ing!

Well, when you don’t want a crowd, ring up some­one you are com­fort­able with. Ar­range to meet for tea or lunch and walk around a shop­ping com­plex. You get your meal (which you will need) and some ex­er­cise (in com­fort­able sur­round­ings)!

When alone, you can also en­joy a leisurely meal at a ko­pi­tiam or ma­mak stall. I have a weekly “fix” of to­sai and teh tarik at a nearby food out­let. It’s such a sim­ple meal, but it makes my day!

Sit back and lis­ten to some ev­er­greens or clas­si­cal mu­sic, ac­cord­ing to your mood. Isn’t that soothing and re­lax­ing? It masks other sounds from the neigh­bour­hood, and “if mu­sic be the food of love …” play on!

Col­lect books and mag­a­zines, cook some­thing, for a fund-rais­ing event. If pos­si­ble, also help to man a stall part time. It’s sat­is­fy­ing to raise money from do­nated stuff for worth­while causes. From my own ex­pe­ri­ence, it should make your day. If you en­joy read­ing, browse at book sales. You might come across some­thing amus­ing, like a joke book, a hand­book to get you in­spired to try some magic tricks, or a cook book to try a dish you have never tried be­fore.

Or just pick some up as birth­day or Xmas gifts.

On the com­puter, one can en­joy in­ter­ac­tive online puzzles or even read e-books. I have so much fun watch­ing fan­tas­tic cir­cus shows, so many “wow” mo­ments over pho­tos and videos of beau­ti­ful land­scapes, seascapes and food­scapes ... new ones keep pop­ping up in my emails from a web­site that I have sub­scribed to for free. I am al­most drunk from na­ture’s beauty. It makes my day. I some­times for­ward th­ese to fam­ily mem­bers and close friends.

(But we have to be care­ful with pro­grammes on the com­puter and on TV, as we can eas­ily be stuck with them and for­get to rest our eyes. I set my alarm clock for one hour later, for me to take a break!)

At­tend a talk, a char­ity bazaar, a demo on cook­ing or art and craft. Go watch a pub­lic eat­ing con­test and have a laugh. There are such ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place at dif­fer­ent venues and some might be near your area. Such events can brighten up your day.

There are so many things we should be grate­ful for, that we have ac­cess to, some even for free or at very lit­tle cost. The thing is to make time for it, destress our­selves and recharge. Fam­ily … friends … food … mu­sic … books … art and craft … so­cial ser­vices … en­rich our lives.

But if you are a loner, make sure you have enough to keep you hap­pily oc­cu­pied. Yes, one can still be con­tented enough lead­ing a qui­eter life with one’s own ex­cit­ing mo­ments. But isn’t it more fun to share laugh­ter and joy with good com­pany?

Old is gold is a plat­form for read­ers aged 55 and above to share their wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and take on life. E-mail star2@thes­ Pub­lished con­tri­bu­tions will be paid, so please in­clude your full name, IC num­ber, ad­dress and phone num­ber.

Get it right: au­thor of Pe­nangHer­itageFood, dr Ong Jin Teong show­ing how to cook roti jala dur­ing the ‘Pe­nang Her­itage Food’ cook­ing demon­stra­tion at State chi­nese as­so­ci­a­tion in Perak road.

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