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Copy of A Timeline of My Life
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On October 1st, 1996, I was born to my parents, Qing Qing Xu and Guo Bin Feng, in China. My grandfather named me Xiao Hua Feng. I was born into the Chinese culture. I'm an only child with six cousins. As a baby, I was taken care by my aunt because my parents had to work to make money to raise me. My dad's job was related to driving long distances so he was very skilled in driving a variety types of vehicles On the other hand, my mom worked an office. After my mom finished working, she would always come to pick me up from my aunt's house. During my early childhood, my aunt took care of me in a village. I lived an average life during my early childhood. My parents enrolled me into a preschool at the age of three. School was one of the most significant changes in my life because I got to meet new students. I became close friends with people I never knew and we still contact each other today. At school, I learned many things such as drawing and dancing to traditional dances. Not long after my mom immigrated to America. she came back to China to take me with her. My dad was still in the process of getting immigrated. The day of my departure to America was a huge turning point of my life because my surroundings became different and it looked very foreign to me. I had to start anew with family members I barely knew.
A Timeline of My Life
“There is no such thing as "too late" in life.” - Mitch Albom
Decades of My Life
0 - 9
10 - 20
20 - 30
30 - 40
This decade is the time when I start to feel old and have wrinkles. It's also the time when my husband and I will start worrying about our health. My children are starting to grow up everyday. I would spend more time with them and teach them about lessons I learned in life. I would also plan more family trips out of state while I'm still young enough and have time. As for my job as a doctor, I have to teach new residencies that were sent to the neurological section of hospital. It feels like yesterday that I've become a residency. Time passes by fast when I'm in the hospital.
Generativity vs. Stagnation
My children are now attending college while my husband and I are continuing to do our jobs as doctors. I've been getting regular health checkups to make sure my body is still healthy. Sometimes, I would meet up with my old friends to about our families and the nostalgic memories of high school. I started to take Taichi lessons in the mornings like my deceased grandparents. My husband and I would frequently fly out of Las Vegas to California for fun.
Generativity vs. Stagnation
I decided to retire from my job at the hospital when I was 62. My husband his job a month later than me. Because I had retired, my husband and I would always go out to exercise and spend more time together like the old days. Our children would visit us from time to time. My husband and I made the decision to move to Long Beach in California. We bought a house near the beach and saw the beautiful sunset every single day.
Generativity vs. Stagnation
After a few years in Long Beach, my husband and I decided to move into a retirement home along with Jenny and her husband. The days I spent in the retirement home was nice as I met other people of my age. I started to wake up early in the mornings to do exercises and stretching. Occasionally, I would call my children and grandchildren to ask how they're doing. My husband left this world at the age of 79.
Ego Integrity vs. Despair
40 - 50
50 - 60
60 - 70
I spent many days in the retirement home. Every day passed by like a blink of an eye. I started to write daily entries in my journal just in case I have short term memory. Each day, I would write about my regrets, memories, and how life is currently like. Jenny's husband passed away two years after my husband's death. Jenny and I were both widows now. It's hard to imagine that we lived for such a long time. Both of us wished we went back in time and lived a youthful life again. On October 1st, 2086, Jenny and I died of old age. Once again, it was a coincidence.
Ego Integrity vs. Despair
80 - 90
My Happy Ending
In my early childhood, I was raised by different family members. When I was around the age of 1 to 3, my big aunt took care of me. Then I was raised by grand-aunt during my preschool years. My parents were busy with work when I was around age 1 to 4. My mom was the first to immigrate to the United States in year 1999. She came back in the year 2002 to take me there as well. My dad still had to wait a few years to be immigrated. In America, I started living with my aunt, uncle, mom, and cousins. I felt foreign in this country
Trust vs. Mistrust
Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt
Initiative vs. Inferiority
Industry vs. Inferiority
Identity vs. Role Confusion
Intimacy vs. Isolation
Intimacy vs. Isolation
Intimacy vs. Isolation
Ego Integrity vs. Despair
When I was in 1st grade, I became friends with a girl named Jenny. This event is significant because she was one of the first people who accepted me for who I am. Jenny didn't care if I couldn't speak fluent English and continued to be my friend. I became more sociable towards people after I met her.
In second grade, my dad moved out of our house. I didn't know where he was going. to or what he was going to do from now on. This incident was a major turning point in my life because I didn't know what was going with my parents. I thought that I should work hard in school so he would return home. I never found the truth to this incident until I got into middle school.
In 2002, I immigrated to the United States. On the day of my arrival to America, I saw so many foreign people. I got to meet my aunt, uncle, and cousin that day. My immigration was a significant event because I had to learn how to adapt in a new place and learn how to speak Cantonese to communicate with my cousins. I had to get used to eating Americanized food.
During my teen years, I came to learn more about my life and what kind of a person I am. This decade is the time where I have to make many important decisions. I had to decide what high school I should go to and whether I should apply to the schools as my best friend, Jenny. I started to think about how my future will be like. In my middle school years, I learned several lessons such as choosing my friends carefully. Not everyone is the way they appear to be. Some people pretend something they aren't to attraction others while some are loyal and truthful towards others. I became more insecure about my body shape and looks during puberty. My friends introduced me to Korean music and I really loved it, especially the ballad songs. This decade was when I favored more of one thing than the other. For example, I liked wearing skinny jeans and bought more of those than the short ones. My hobbies were playing the violin, badminton, and listening to music. Summer school was one of the best times of my life because I met people who were high schoolers. These high schoolers gave me advice and interacted with me in a very friendly way. By senior year, I think I'm going to apply for colleges with good medical programs. I've been thinking about majoring in biology as well as neuroscience. I certainly will go to a college in California if I have the opportunity.
Entering middle school was a huge transition in my life. I started to follow the fashion trend of an average student. I became busier due to the workload from different classes. This event was important because I learned many new skills as a person. For example, I learned how to play the violin in orchestra so I became more interested towards classical music.
Freshman year of high school was a time where I met more new people, take harder classes, and started to do community service. As a freshman, I came to be more responsible with my work. My new friends accepted me for who I am. The ninth grade year is an important event because I had to adapt to new surroundings and communicate with people I didn't know.
Getting a Driver's License when I'm in high school is a very important event. I'll be able to drive to places without my parents having to waste their time to take me there. I will finally be able to get a job to support my family and save some of the money I earned for college. Being able to drive allows me to become more independent and responsible as a person.
Around my early 20's, I will still attend college to earn my bachelor and master's degree. The college I would be attending is UCLA and I'll be majoring in neuroscience/neurology. To pay my college fees, I'm working at a beverage place that sells Boba drinks. As a college student, I'm living a dorm with other people. During the summertime, I'm going to be heading back to China for vacation as well as South Korea. By around the age of 24 to 26, I'm going to graduate from college with a master's degree in neuroscience/neurology and finishing medical school. Then I'm going apply to become a residency at a hospital in Las Vegas or Los Angeles to become a successful doctor.
Getting a boyfriend in this decade of time will definitely be a great impact. I'm the type of person who's shy so it's hard to interact with people I don't know. I don't talk to guys that often in middle/high school and I never dated before in my whole life. This event in life will make me experience what love is and how relationships are. I would finally be able to know how my friends were like when they dated.
The second significant event is getting a job to earn money. My job for working at a Boba drink place will influence me because I'll learn how to make different beverages. I will learn the lesson of how it's not easy to make money. It takes hard work and skills to be able to every single dollar. I would be able to understand how hard my parents worked in order to raise me up.
Working as a residency at the hospital will change me forever. In the hospital, I will see so many patients each day and treat them. I will have to stay wake for over 12 hours to take care of patients and go through rough training. I would be able to learn new skills and get used to the busy life in the hospital. Not only will I have to do my best, I have to always to alert and persevere.
I will finally get married when I'm 30 with the boyfriend I've been dating for 5-6 years. We've always been on good terms with each other and we have so many similarities. We always have non-stop conversations about a certain topic. When we get married, we going to buy a house to live in Las Vegas. Both of our jobs are stable since we became doctors at the same hospital. After 2 years of marriage, I'm pregnant and the baby is going to be a girl. In my late 30's, I'm going to be raising my children with good influence. I will still continue my job as a doctor so my mom will take of the kids when I have to work. My husband and I would plan family vacations to Japan/China/South Korea.
Marriage will be one of the best events that have ever happened to me. I finally found a partner would will take a long journey with me. I would be become more dependent on my husband. This event is an essential part of my life because I'm creating a new family with my husband. We'll be living together under the same roof and create new adventures.
To women like me, pregnancy is one of the most significant event that can be experienced. I'm going to excited and scared since I never gave birth to a baby before. I will have to take a very good care of my body and take more days off from work. I would apply for birth control lessons and learn what to eat or not eat. My mom would give me tips on how to be a good mother, what baby materials to buy, and how to raise the new born baby.
When my children starts attending elementary, I will have to start working more to earn money. Raising a child isn't that easy because I have buy clothes, food, and daily care supplies. So it's super important to earn a lot of money to let my children live a good life. My husband and I would start teaching the children how to read and write to help them become more educated.
Seeing my children moving onto high school makes me feel proud as a parent. This event is significant because my children has become more independent and mature. They have their goals set up and entered into a magnet school. This is the point of time where I should become less worried and support their decisions.
The second important event of this decade involves the rank of my job. I was advanced into the higher positions in the neurology department of the hospital. This means I have set up a good example for the incoming residencies to follow. I would have to become more careful of the instructions I give out to the nurses due to the high expectations I now have. When the new residencies come, I would have to be a little harsh on them to make sure they stay focused and do a good job.
The family trip to China will have is an important event to help develop stronger bonds between my husband, the children, and I. We would have an opportunity to talk about who's habits or personality should be changed for the better. My husband and I would be able give out good advice to our children to make sure they don't repeat the same mistakes we did.
When I was 60, my mother passed away. This event was one of most silent and sad days I've ever had in my life. My mom was a very important person to me. She always taught me what was right and wrong. She was always there for me when I needed someone to talk you. We had such a strong bond. I lost someone who was very important to me that day. Although it's heartbreaking, one would say it's the way of life. We live only once.
My first child, Alicia, got married at the age of 25 to a man named Alex. My husband and I approved their marriage due to strong bond they had. This event was significant because it was time to let my beloved daughter go. She grew up into a beautiful and talented woman. I'm probably one of the most proudest mothers on Earth.
My best friend, Jenny, and I finally met up after such a long time. We reminisced the memories of elementary, middle, and high school. We known each other for so long. I consider this reunion as one of the most significant events in my life because Jenny and I have such a strong friendship that can't be broken. During our conversations, I realized how our memories will always be with us until the day we die. 2002 was the year Jenny and I first met each other and we're still continuing our record.
I finally became a grandparent at the age of 64. My eldest daughter, Alicia, gave born to a newborn baby. My husband named our granddaughter Elena. The pregnancy of Alicia was important because the baby will be the next generation of our family. The moment I held Elena, she looked so much like the baby Alicia. I came to realized that my daughter finally have a family of her own.
Out of every single place, I became neighbors with Jenny when I moved to Long Beach. This event was significant because it shows how Jenny and I are always stuck up together at the same place. Even if I didn't move on purpose, it was always be a coincidence to see her. I think it's fate that Jenny are I are best friends forever. This event allowed us to have more bonding times. As for my husband, he became good friends with Jenny's husband.
Retirement is one of the most crucial events in my life. I loved working in the medical field and treating patients. I decided to retire because I realized that I was too old for the job. It was time for the new generation to take over and develop new treatments.
Living in a retirement home was a major transition in my life. The people I met influenced me to become more wise. Jenny and I spent countless days together talking about random topics as usual. As I became more wise, I started to give advice the young volunteers who occasionally came help out in the retirement home.
The death of my husband was of the major impacts to me. He died from a cardiac arrest and it was too late to save him in time. The moment my beloved husband died, my mind was blank. I didn't know what to do anymore. I became a widow. He broke his promise of leaving the world together with me. He went one step ahead of me. This event made me feel lonely and the loss of the person I loved most. My first love have died.
My granddaughter, Elena, spent her spring break with me at the retirement home. This event was an important one because she made me realized that I'm not alone in this world. She reminded me that I still have people I can be dependent, not only my deceased husband. Elena brought me back to the brighter side of the world.
During a typical morning, I took a walk the public park. I saw swings from the playground. This event was significant because it reminded me of my childhood and my parents. The way the swings represented the highest and lowest points of my life. The swings also reminded me that hard work leads to success.
Having to write entries in a journal everyday was a rather important long-term event because I reflected on my past mistakes. The journal was something I can vent to whenever I felt sad or lonely. I can always look back on my journal so I wouldn't forget about things.
I have lived an old age. My death occurred on my 90th birthday. Jenny was the only person who celebrated my birthday with me. This event was important because I became weak and could no longer move that much anymore. I became very fragile to the point where I can die from fall onto the ground. A few moments before I died, I had flashbacks of the earlier times of life. I felt happy to have been able to experience those precious memories.
Letter to be read after My Death
Dear family and friends,
Thank you all for being there for me at the times of need. From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful for all the things you have done for me. Now that I'm in heaven, I will be able to be reunited with my husband. I hope the residencies I've taught will continue to do their best and continue pursuing into the field of neurology. Perseverance, Kindness, Patience, and Motivation is what makes up the traits of a great doctor. I'm proud to have such great children and grandchildren in my life. You guys are the source of my happiness. The biggest regrets I ever had was not being able to continue be a doctor until 65. But I'm sure there are better doctors out there that will help save much more lives than I did. Now that I'm gone, I hope everyone will continue to live their lives to the fullest.