Life and Death - raising this topic has long been a taboo in Chinese society, yet it is undoubtedly an inevitable issue to both you and me. Paying a visit to the Jockey Club Life Journey Centre (LJC) has definitely changed my mind towards the elderly, aging and death. LJC is a scheme launched in 2013, which its aim is to educate the public about living out a wonderful retiring life and raise our awareness on caring the elderly, as well as reflecting on our own life. This novel idea has amazed me since I have never thought that we can accept and face the sensitive issue in an interactive and interesting way.
We first had a life journey experience, which we walked through 4 zones by completing tasks like doing survey and playing games. The most inspirational part was that we only had less than 20 minutes to complete various games without any instructions given, and in the middle we had to face a fate challenge. When I was assigned to have a role as a patient with 3 minutes left before death, I felt lost as others were all focusing on their games and all I could do was to wait. This made me reflect on my current life, which I always think death is at a far great distance from me and I only focus on having fun myself without showing enough care to my beloved ones. After the journey which it ended by we lying in a simulated coffin, I strongly reminded myself that death is not only the business of the old ones, but of everyone. We should not take being alive for granted as we can never expect what would happen next. It is high time to grab every moment to treasure our times with family and friends, and embrace the surroundings and the place we are living.
Treasure the time we have, cherish the people around us, have empathy for the elderly… Life is beautiful and fruitful if we work hard to make a good ending.