Remember You Will Die

Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you have today. It’s not yours, it can be stolen away at any moment. So while you have it on loan, cherish it.

I absolutely love this post on Medium called Thirty Things I’ve Learnt. Go read it, then read it again. Very true and poignant. Great stuff.

Remember You Will Die

A New Era

The past seven days were emotional for many Singaporeans.

The Singapore community in Hong Kong gathered today for the State Funeral Service. I heard Singlish spoken, and they served us pandan cake and even gave us packets of tissue paper. It was rather comforting being around fellow Singaporeans today as it almost felt like home.

I got emotional just thinking about how my life and the lives of millions of other Singaporeans benefitted from his life’s work.

His dedication to his life’s work is truly inspiring. You could say he was Singapore’s first entrepreneur, and our 50-year old nation was the start-up. As a CEO, he walked the talk, rolled up his sleeves, and worked tirelessly for his employees’ and their future.

Today we celebrated his life and everything he worked for, and we mourned and grieved that he is no longer around as the guiding light. As an era in Singapore history ended, a new one began. It’s time to move on, as he would have wanted us to, and look forward to tomorrow. His legacy lives in every one of us.

Here’s to another 50 years, Singapore. Majulah Singapura.

A New Era

Joie de Vivre

“You begin your journey not knowing where it will take you. You have plans, you have dreams, but every now and then, you have to take unchartered roads, face impassable mountains, cross treacherous rivers, be blocked by landslides and earthquakes.

That’s the way my life has been…

I’m grateful that I got where I am, happy that I’ve made a contribution to many people, and reassured I’ve selected a team of people to keep Singapore going…

At the end of the day, all I have cherished are human relationships. Your worldly wealth you can’t take with you, your life has been lived.

It is the friends you have made, your family ties, which sustain your spirit with a certain warmth and comfort.

So you cannot say that you plan your whole life. And that’s why I feel life is an adventure; exciting, unpredictable, and at times exhilarating.

What is crucial is never lose the joie de vivre. That zest for life, to watch the sun go down and wake up to a new day rested and refreshed after a good night.”

Lee Kuan Yew, 2003

Goodnight, Mr Lee.