There is a very famous Chinese saying that goes….
“Tuck han sei, em tuck han peng”
It’s directly translated as ‘free to die, not free to fall sick’. Free here is not referring to freedom, but free-time. It simply means one is very busy, so busy that falling sick is even worse that death, as falling sick means one has to catch up with work when one recovers. Death on the other hand… well, I am sure you get the flow, right?
Last month, we read about a young manager who worked till her death. She was said to be a loner. Perhaps she finds nothing meaningful in her life, thus, she concentrates on her career, which of course, eventually led to her death.
A reader commented about a similar story which happened nearer to home. Co-incidentally, my colleague in Singapore forwarded the news to me last week and I think I should share with all of you. The news about her tragic death is reported here. It’s rather long but if you have the time, you should read about it. If you don’t have time… make some time la!!!
It’s about a girl named May who lost her life. The reason? Yup, you got it right… she worked too hard. She has a blog and co-incidentally, she put up a blog entry 2 days before her death. In her blog, she said she was thrilled to “finally have the chance to fly high in Fortune 500 Multi-National Corporation”. I guess she paid the cost of having such thrill with her life.
Strange enough, she said in the last paragraph of ill-fated blog entry about how she learnt about the person of the similar role in the same company died of heart attack, and she was afraid that she will end up with the same fate. Unfortunately, 2 days after her blog entry, she did land herself with the same fate.
I really like her last line … “The moral of the story is don’t ever fall in love with your company or your job”. Though it failed to save her life, I hope it will save yours. The next time you wanna say “tuck han sei, em tuck han peng”, think again.
Her ill-fated blog entry can be read here.
May she rest in peace.