At 7.30pm, my fiance messaged me.
JUST IN: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat collapsed during Cabinet meeting; CT scan shows he had a stroke says PMO.
I was shocked.
Judging by the number of posts published by the various MPs and Ministers, we could tell that his stroke was a serious one.
I've have never met him, and we don't know each other, but I was affected. I was possibly feeling concerned because he is a respectable Minister yet, as with all humans, succumbed to stress, leading to a poor health.
Many people are like him. Or are on the way to be him. One Minister wrote, "I could see that he was very tired. I have been telling him that he was overworking so much that it will affect his health." Mr Heng has been steering many big and heavy projects/committees and could possibly have neglected his health at. And then, I reflected on myself. Obviously, I don't hold as big a hat as him, but, would I one day work too much that I breakdown? How much is too much? I'm already feeling the brunt of long hours using the computer and my phone during "quiet" times - my eyes hurts, my neck shoulder and body aches, and I feel weak under the strong air-conditioned environment. My head occasionally hurts and I can't sleep well because I think too much at night. I've also collapsed recently, scaring the hell out of my fiance - oops. And, I'm only at the start of my career.
But, I cannot not work because I need the money to feed myself and my future family. At my prime age, I cannot afford to slack. So I've been giving myself reminders to move around more frequently, drink more water, think less at night and breathe in deeply when I feel stress.
Because of this case, I've also seen people commenting that our work hours are too punishing. Could this mean we should adopt a 6 hrs work day which was purportedly positive as seen in an article? Would our culture allows so? Would it backfire? Would we continue to work at home despite a 6 hours work day? What works well elsewhere, may not applies here. Yet, I've also read an interesting comment which said that our 8 hours work day effectively is much less because most people spend the 1st 1 hour, eating breakfast and another half hour chit chatting, and another 2 hours having lunch. Does this applies to you as well? :P
Mr Heng's incident is unfortunate but it also serves as a reminder for us to take note of our health. I know there are times when no matter how healthy you eat or exercise, you will never know when bad luck strikes, but, I hope we all make the effort to eat, rest and exercise well. I also hope for the best of health to all our Ministers for they have done really good work for the benefit of Singapore.
I sincerely pray for Mr Heng and I hope he recovers well.