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.