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Living in a mentally challenged world

A couple of days back, I stumbled across a familiar man, sitting near my void deck. He is probably in his 50s. As I tried to recall where I could I have possibly met him, then I realised that he have been around my neighbourhood for quite some time. In fact, I remembered seeing him playing football under my previous residential area with a group of kids back when I was in secondary school. That was about 15 years ago.

Unfortunately, while his circle of friends grew up and eventually left him, he doesn’t really grow and his circle of friends remains with young teens who love to play soccer under the void deck. I’ve already suspected that he might have a case similar to the mentally-challenged character played by Hrithik Roshan in Koi Mil Gaya.

I do pity him. I mean, his only existence in life is probably being overlook by most of the residents living in the same vicinity. And yet, the teens that used to play with him when they were young, totally abandon and forgot about him altogether when they grew up.

This is the harsh reality for people like him, unfortunately. And I don’t think the situation is going to change anytime soon for him though.

Which sets me thinking too. God has given me a lot. He gave me a good body, a good mind, a good family and a great circle of friends.

But what happens when I am all alone. Will my family and friends still remember me by then ?

Surah Al Anbiya, verse 35: Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.

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