write your obituary


Many years ago, I read something somewhere that asked us to imagine how our obituary would read if we had died then and there. How would you like to be remembered?

I have some idea, but more importantly, I know how I DO NOT want to be remembered:

“Noch lived 29 years, grew up in Hong Kong and Australia, received some of the best education, got a good job and travelled around the world. She worked diligently around 10-12 hours a day for about 7 years. She spent her time in a big company as an executive, good training, good pay, good exposure and good experience, yet always wondered whom she was really helping, and why she was always on the periphery of action. She worked hard and had a good reputation but she was not indispensable. She had many friends. Life wasn’t bad. She had her holidays here and there, and put some hours in for charity work. She married, had kids, bought a house and had a dog. Rest in peace.”

Banal. Stressful. Monotonous – but that’s just me.

So write your own obituary, and live the life you want – not the one you think you “have to”.

Be you.

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about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) was born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Social Entrepreneur and founded BEARAPY to help corporates make workplaces mentally healthy, and support executives to become more resilient.