I’m the guy who still has nightmares about flunking fifth grade. I’m the guy who said a quick “No” to the first 30 speaking requests I received. I can imagine a disease for every ache, an Eeyore for every Tigger. And I’m not alone.
Too many westerners view the elderly as quaint and expendable. Not so in the east. In China, the older people get the more enthusiastic they are about it. Those 50 and beyond are accorded special honour, and respect for elders is counted as one of the highest of virtues. I like that.