During a dinner with a Canadian friend the other day, we talked of age. He was very curious when I told him that we Chinese gave certain names for ages 30, 40, 50,60, 70 and 80, etc.
At the age of 30, you support yourself and rely on your parents no more(而立之年）;
At the age of 40, you know the true meaning of life(不惑之年）。I’m closer and closer to this age, while I doubt that I’ve got the true meaning of life;
At the age of 50, you know your destiny(知命之年）;
At the age of 60, you are having more and more grey and white hair(花甲之年）；
At the age of 70, you are one of the rare ones that live a long life(古稀之年）；
At the age of 80 or 90, you are old and revered by the younger ones(耄耋之年);
At the age of 100….my god…do you really hope to live that long? It reminds me of one of my foreign customers. While chewing the fat after work, he asked me seriously, ” Allen, do you know what I want most after retirement?” “Then, what?” ” I hope to live till 100 years.” I almost got fainted…Jesus, I will one hundred percent not live till that old!