How are you? I hope you enjoyed our meeting in the village as much
as I did. It was totally fabulous.
I write to tell you of my concerns about some of your personal habits. I don't
mean to intrude, but I think I should tell you these things because nowadays
people think it is not nice to advice one's peers. But I do not think so. I
write because I really care for you. I have the best intentions in what I say. I
hope you will understand my seriousness and sincerity.
Johan, remember you used to stay from all sports and games in school simply
because you were not very robust. When I met you last week, I was initially a
little disturbed at how much your weight had increased. Gone was the skinny guy
I knew so well. Over the week, I realised that you had changed your habits in
some ways that worries me.
Johan, I realise that you have picked up less than wise eating habits. I
suppose it started because you used to be rather thin in school. Let me point
out to you, there is a way to increase weight properly and healthy and there is
a way to gain weight in unhealthy ways. I feel like screaming at you that you
have chosen the latter way.
Johan, we are still young and healthy. But you would be surprised at how fast
all that can be spoilt because of various reasons. Our body is under our own
personal care. Nobody else is going to look after it for you, unless you are
sick all the time and will need nursing.
Do you remember going through our grandfather's photo album? What stroke me was
how healthy and robust our grandfather's parents were in the pictures. They
belonged to the agrarian generation and used to work the fields for long hours.
Besides, they had the freshest of vegetables, fish and meat because everything
was sourced locally.
Johan, I want you to get involved in some form of physical exercise on a regular
basis. I already have my own regimen. Besides, you have to read up about
nutrition and what types of food are bad for you. Believe me when I tell you
from what I have observed, you need to make some serious changes.
Remember that I beat Harris swimming across the river? How do you think I
managed that when he was the school's athletics star? The answer is simple. I
got into regular exercises and a controlled diet. He did not. See how fast
things can change with exercise and watching one's nutrition? Johan, you can be
the next one to defeat Harris. Don't forget, you have the genes for it. After
all, we are descendants of some really healthy and sturdy Malay folks from the