After reading the article “New year, new opportunities” in the Dec. 29 edition, I found myself wishing I were a rat with intelligence, agility and quick thinking.

First, I’m far from an intelligent person. I know intelligence is essential, because I need to properly judge what is right or wrong. As such, I try my best to learn, understand and think in a logical way through mass media, my own experience and interactive communication.

Agility is the complete opposite of aging. Now that I’m in my early 60s and in the autumn years, I never do anything successfully right away. Instead, I would like to shorten the time thinking about it and just get started. This leads to quick thinking. As they say, you only live once.

This year, I would like to be an assistant English teacher at a junior high school, where I’m supposed to help some students with learning problems. To continue to work, staying healthy is a must. Being more proactive in going to the fitness center is a quick solution. Yoga and Pilates lessons will relieve physical disorders and subsequently bring me peace of mind.

This article provided me with a lot of encouragement when it said, “Obstacles will not be a hindrance and challenge will pull the best out of everyone.”


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