SOMEBODY up there pushed me

I am one of the youngest in our institute, and there are only a few of us who are about my age.  Most of my colleagues are over 40, and one of the hottest topics during break time is about retirement.  Some, when they retire, want to travel to other countries; some want to tend their grandchildren; and some want to live a simple life in their respective provinces.

There are other employees, however, who did not plan to retire at all. A few of them still go back regularly to our institute to work: they edit manuscripts, write books, train teachers, and do all the things they used to do. What is more amazing is that most of them do it for free — well, they are given little honorarium, but I doubt if it’s even enough for their lunch and gasoline.

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