Souvenirs from Life

Ornaments, photos, figurines. Souvenirs that we take away with us to recollect significant moments in our life. But as all life eventually come to an end, there is no souvenir, expensive, cheap, big or small, that we can bring with us to the afterlife.

It is my first time watching a close family pass away. The journey towards death is both scary and wonderful at the same time. Because death signifies the end and yet the end teaches us so much about life.

There are so much similarities towards the beginning and end of life. You come to the world a blank slate, have a taste of freedom. But right before the end, our body fails us, we lose our appetite, our freedom of movement, our memories. No matter how hard we have worked in our life to attain insurmountable amount of wealth, no amount of money can buy us back our freedom and health at this very last moment. The freedom we cherish so dearly is taken away. And we are back to being a blank slate. Life can be so cruel.

But I guess the only difference between the start and the end is the relationships that have been forged in the middle. The family that never abandons us in the last moments of our lives, no matter how tiring and cumbersome it is for them to take care of us.

Then perhaps the only thing we can take away with us is love. The love that fills our stomach as family members crowd around us to say hi, or the joy that comes from laughing with each other. No amount of money can buy us back our appetite or our health. And no amount of money can buy us a family that loves and cares for us. So I guess the only souvenir we will ever need in life, is the love that we have from each other.

In loving memory of my late Grandparents

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Khor Le Yi

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An Edtech startup founder whose personal mission is to make learning fun for kids again.

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