Being Old is not a relaxation and retirement for many as it is for our parents and affluent families. Many of them have to work hard every day for few rupees to get going (to make a living).
And what to do when you find them around you?
My brother was in TCS Chennai and he shared me the story of a very old lady (nearby his house). The old lady used to make her living by making rosary from flowers. She used to work day and night and then sleep at the same place, waiting for the next day.
2 Months back, I also saw one lady at Rishikesh (Ram Jhula), was a very old lady who used to manage her shop, selling items of clay. She used to keep selling things till 9 pm and close the shop, doing all binding (securing) of items, all laborious task herself. Her shop items were also reflection of whatever she has known and learnt from life; she chose to sell. She started to make a living out of same. Unknown of the larger development of world around her, she was doing her best to meet both ends at this old age. Risking all and nothing at such an age, vulnerable from the heartless and alone.
Today I was for a shopping at Jheel, Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi and amidst the very fast moving traffic, pollution and people. I happened to see this old lady sitting at the side of main road selling ‘Neem Sticks’. When I enquired about her, I came to know that she is selling this every day. The same theory struck in mind that whatever she knew, she is selling it every-day to make a living at such an old age, selling something at Rs. 2.50.
Old age is an unavoidable fact of life. It is a time where body-mind is totally tired and need to relax. Not all people are able to live this period of life gracefully and happily.
I want to advise my younger generation that our old people have seen a lot of dark life, less of advancement and development as compared to us and sometimes they are unable to pace themselves with the fast world. They may have grudges; they may have mental blocks and habits. Ignore all of them as they are old now. It is so unfortunate that they don’t have younger ones to give them comfort.
And whenever you find some old lady/man struggling hard, working hard at this old age, support her; buy her stuff, even if you don’t need it. It will give her/him relaxation and convenience at-least for that day.
Lastly if you want to work with me to gather volunteers for helping old, who are struggling in streets, we can start a campaign. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org