Well, my 2018 is already galloping like a runaway horse. In this first week, there’s been a birth, a wedding and a death – three major milestones of life crammed into the first 7 days.
First, the birth. It involves the bride from the wedding. No..no…no….it’s not her baby! Let me finish before you jump to all kinds of wrong impressions. Good grief.
You see, the bride’s cousin couldn’t attend the wedding cause she just gave birth to a baby girl on New Year’s Day and wasn’t feeling up to a long distance journey. Now for those who like to follow Chinese numerology, a birth on 1/1/18 (d/m/y) is extremely auspicious because in Chinese it sounds similar to the proclamation “definitely will be prosperous”. The fact that the baby girl entered the world 2 weeks ahead of schedule only adds to the mystique of being fated to be born on that auspicious date. The really superstitious ones might even be tempted to buy lottery tickets.
Secondly, the wedding. It was today and it was a great joy for me to have witnessed it. I have known the bride for many years starting when she was a teenager. So it was a pleasure to see her embark on this next chapter of her life and wishing her and her new husband that God grant them a long and happy life journey together. You know how they say long distance relationships are difficult? Well they made a 16,000 km courtship work. Amazing.
They also did a studio photography session where they get all dressed up and have soft-focus, romantic photos taken. A very common practice in Asia. Less common is to have a picture of the newlyweds in their finery but armed to the teeth with swords and bows and arrows, fending off a ravenous T. Rex. Certainly an experience to remember.
Finally, there was the death of an old gentleman. I attended his wake and funeral. More about this in a later post cause I had a few thoughts on him that I would like to elaborate.
But these three life milestones just reinforced for me the thoughts I had when the clock went past midnight and into 2018. I was thinking how time is marching on and for all of us, time will come to an end one day. We don’t know if that is distant or near. All the more reason to stop wasting our lives and truly live life to the full. Also reason to give some thought about facing eternity ; how will we face that.
And, finally, finally, a little comment about the bomb cyclone event in USA and Canada that is causing widespread extreme cold, flooding, freezing, deep, deep snowdrifts and howling winds. Sorry that you are experiencing all that and sorry for the loss of life. But once again, wake up to the new reality of increasingly extreme weather events due to global warming. Here to the clock is ticking.
But finally, finally, the most final of all, I also realise that in the midst of gloom, there is still beauty to be seen. Hope this video will bring some cheer. May this really be a Happy New Year for you.