An old man from Poland
You are old when you start to feel old. This is the topic I want to talk about today because I met an old man from Poland at work. He likes to talk and has many stories to share with others. One night he told us a funny story he heard on Polish television as a child. The actor who played the characters of a children’s show, believing that the film was over, cursed the children and the bear whose voice he imitated. I liked this story, so I searched the internet for details and found out that the bear the Pole was talking about is the famous teddy bear, Miś Uszatek in Polish.
When I met him, the man from Poland asked me what city I was from. I told him I was from Bathgate, Scotland, because I now live here. This is my house. He was not interested in this. He wanted to know what city I live in in my home country, Romania. Ploiești, I told her, convinced that it would be the same for him no matter what city I was talking about. But I’m wrong.
He looked me in the eye and told me he knew this city. I looked at him with distrust. Ploiești is a small town, unknown to many people. How could I believe that a man from Poland could know my city? He said a single word to me and I immediately understood that he was telling me the truth, that he knew about the city of Ploiești: the refineries.
Why work at the age of 65-70?
Our colleagues asked him why he came to work. An old man over the age of 65-70 should stay at home, enjoy his grandchildren and his retirement life. Wise as this Polish is, he told the girls that as long as he moves, he is alive. If he stays home without an occupation, he dies. This is the advice I would give to anyone who wants to stay physically and mentally healthy for as long as possible. He also told us that the woman must take care of her skin, the way she feeds and especially her soul. That way she will be young forever.
The stories of this man reminded me of an old woman I knew (she died a few years ago). She used to say to those who laugh at old people: I will see you when you reach my age. Then she laughed, convinced that she would not live until those naughty children grew old. At what age does old age begin? I would say that every person becomes old when they start to feel old, when they have no reason to fight and hope. When the future is nothing but a word full of memories, then you are old. You have to fight for the future. You are old when you start to feel old.
I hope I’m not getting old too soon
I want to live, enjoy life and gather memories. For this reason I left the country at the age of 47. I try to learn English, work and raise money to visit the earth of the south and north, west and east. We must love life. I want to gather life stories from both old and young. Stay young in your soul and the whole earth will be yours!
Old age is the beginning of the end.
Maybe you want to read my article Activities for elderly at home.