And just like that, (in case you are interested), I am 40.
I will be easy for me to say, "Time flies," or, "Where did the time go?" But damn, it wasn't easy to get here.
I also have to admit that more than half my life is already behind me, like it or not.
Life before 40 was my youth, a period most would consider the 'best part' of their lives.
So what lies ahead, nothing but down?
I had my first child when I was 31, around the same time as when my Dad had me. Looking back, my more impactful memories of him started when he stepped into his 40s.
There could be many reasons for this, including the possibility of me being too young to understand/remember much when I was a little kid under 10 years old. I, however, choose to believe that it was because the most influential part of his life probably started after 40. A lot of that period remained crystal clear in my mind, including major highs and devastating lows both in his health and career, culminating in an inspirational turnaround when he was 50 when he started a new company back in Kuching which has sustained the family for the last 20 years.
With that in mind, I am convinced that I might not have seen my best years yet, but man, this Covid and the never-ending Groundhog Years are really not helping, though there's never a good reason to give up.
Dad, if you are reading this, I want to tell you that your little son is sorry that he has not been able to perform his duties to take care of you properly. This situation is really a test of our discipline and patience. Go easy on the cigarettes and diet coke, rest more, take some walks and always wear a mask. Please stay safe, stay healthy with Mum, take good care of each other. We all love you very much and we will meet soon.
To my peers and people who call me their brother (including my own of course), whenever life is too hard and seemingly impossible to fight another day, never forget that there are people we love who are always watching.
Our parents are watching with concern,
Our kids are watching us as their role model,
Our spouses are watching with all the love in the world we do not deserve,
Let's make them proud.
Happy 40 to me.
Happy post-40 years to all of us.
|To many (better) years ahead!|