Work until unable to

“Work until I’m unable to.”

Often uttered by many, this is one of the most common answers. It may sound carefree, yet containing traces of desolation. Our heroes worked hard for the better part of their lives, their lifelong careers integrated with their everyday doings, blurring the lines between. From taking their own initiatives to being under another’s influence, from reluctance to inheritance, each tells their own stories about the vicissitudes of an era, and of transitioning into a new era. Before being phased out, they stayed to their duties steadfastly, working until they no longer could. 

Their spirit and attitude towards life makes it no longer clear whether work is a way to sustain life, or life is just an extension of work. Leaving behind marks in ordinary life, mastering a trade for their entire lives, the warmth and coldness of humanity a testimony to their wisdom. Always keeping in mind the merits of forefathers, without expectations for the younger generations to inherit, they understand that times change. Rather than being dejected, it would be better to say that they have undergone an era trudging in mud. They are passionate about their work and expertise at it, yet discreetly blending in with the surroundings of a simple life. 

“Work until I’m unable to.” A seemingly casual statement, however with far deeper meanings attached. It sustains life by promoting motivation, providing an outlet for yearnings, and affirming capabilities. They chose resilience over “work” and “inability”, regardless of tough times and advancing age. They are happy to be working, whenever they receive commendations, their faces are lit with satisfaction. Although traditional industries may face elimination and become a thing of the past, they remain in the same old place, working with professional familiarity, until the day they no longer could. 

Text: Daniel Lim & Pua Hui Wen

有你 UNI Production
Producer : Mok Yii Chek
Coordinator : Daniel Lim
Cinematographer : Amelia Lim / Evon Pang
Drone : Daniel Lim
Video Editor : Amelia Lim
Production Assistant : Michael Lerk
Music : Documentary


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