Brain Game: What would you do if you woke up one day and you were suddenly 65 years old? (Round 3)

  • Our writing competition starts with 10 students, who are eliminated one at a time based on your votes and YP editors’ picks – who will you choose?
  • This week, contestants share what they would do if they woke up to find they had become elderly overnight
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Read through the responses to this week’s Brain Game prompt, and choose which answer you like most. Based on your votes and YP editors’ picks, we will eliminate one contestant from the competition.

Contestant 1

I would be shocked when yesterday I was studying for my maths test and today I wake up with white hair. My juvenile mind would constantly fight my mature body, trying to do everything I effortlessly did when I was young. I would also have a lot of regrets because 52 years of my life had passed before I got to discover the world, made many unforgettable memories with my closest friends, and created rousing stories to tell my grandkids. Nonetheless, I would embrace this new stage of my life and make the most of it until its inevitable end.

Contestant 2

Since my best years have been taken away, I would cherish time even more. Without having to go to work, I would be able to appreciate what’s happening around me. I would first explore Hong Kong and then travel around the world.

Contestant 3

I would definitely stand in front of a mirror first! I have always wondered how I would look as an old lady. Would I look as elegant as Queen Elizabeth? Afterwards, I would check on my family and friends to see if they have all time-travelled. Then, I would binge-watch Netflix series, such as Stranger Things, Wednesday and Treason, because I couldn’t do it as a senior secondary school student. After enjoying myself to the fullest, I would find a way to go back to my original age – perhaps after having a good night’s sleep.

Contestant 4

I would see if time-travelling machines were invented and try to go back to being a teen. Who would want to skip their entire adulthood and suddenly become a grandma? One day I lay dying on a hospital bed trying to think about my life but I can’t since I skipped half a century. This is not right. I think I have to travel back in time and live my life fully. Before that, I would memorise the winning numbers of Mark Six. Then I can become a millionaire and have a really good life.

Contestant 5

The first thing I would do is get a JoyYou card. Then I would only have to pay HK$2 to take public transport. I would also get a check-up to see if I have memory loss or any other medical condition. I would do lots of exercises to stay fit and eat healthy food. I would stay in touch with my family and friends and lead a happy, meaningful life.

Contestant 6

I would immediately open a nursing home and live there with other elderly people. It would be like a boarding school, but much more fun. We would get to learn interesting stuff, ranging from knitting to painting. There would be no homework, no stress, no drama, just a jolly group full of avid elderly learners. This can help ease my boredom. As the saying goes, it’s never too late to learn. The nursing home would be key to a fulfilling life as a retiree.

Contestant 7

The first thing I would do is try to make up for lost time by engaging in my favourite activities, especially travelling. I would visit exotic places and take part in extreme sports such as skydiving and scuba diving. But I would also make sure to spend quality time with my family and friends and use the remaining years of my life working with NGOs and charities to try to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Contestant 8

A nice trip around the world would be fun. There are many places I hope to visit. Having no school or job, exploring the world and relaxing is the best option. Although the preparation could be challenging, the outcome would be worth it. I could see famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and Empire State Building or lie down on Bondi Beach while sipping a glass of fresh lemon juice. Or I could be with penguins in the South Pole. What a life!

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