Ms.Yu, this song is for you

My sister-in-law Flora sent me the story of 于娟 Yu Juan the other day. Yu died of breast cancer at the young age This song is for you_Aof 32. She would have been just another cancer victim but for the facts that she grew up in a blue-collar family, went on to obtain a Ph. D. in Sociology, became a professor in a prestigious Chinese university, was a wife, a mother, and started a daily blog called 活着就是王道 (my rough translation: to live is supreme) a few months before she succumbed to the waiting death.

I didn’t know Yu. But I admire her courage and I thank her for the legacy she bequeathed to the human race. She knew she was dying. She chose to live the vestige of her life not in misery, but in love – in love of her husband, in love of her child, her parents, those around her and beyond. Stories of people like her give us joy, pain and, most important of all, a certain purpose as to why we are here.

于小姐:我为你歌唱。 Ms.Yu, this song is for you.
一出娘胎就懂得
求,求,求
求司马迁的学问
求秦始王的权利
求声色犬马的乐趣
The day I was born I knew
I wanted everything
I wanted Nobel’s prize
I wanted Rockefeller’s wealth and power
I wanted all the vices of life and more
一届癌症黑夜时
罢,罢,罢
什么事业也罢
更多钱财也罢
所有一切都也罢
Then cancer comes at night
Forget mammon’s desires now
Forget the budding career
Forget the growing bank account
Forget everything I ever wanted
一眼天下本无物
无,无,无
无保证的健康
无奈何又怎样
无疑这就是人生
In the beginning of time
No, there was nothing
No guaranteed health for sure
No voiding of everyday vexations
No doubt it’s life
于娟
一个好 动人的故事
一股好崇高的勇气
她说
活,活,活
活着就是王道
但滚滚天下
寥寥如于娟之外
视死如归有几人?
Yu Juan
Such a moving story
She’s got the will of steel
She tells us to
Live, live, live
To live is supreme
In this wide wide world
How many could look death in the eye
Like Yu Juan did?
她说
活,活,活
活着就是王道
活着去爱你旁边的人
但滚滚天下
寥寥如于娟之外
忘我的爱有几人?
She tells us to
Live, live, live
To live is supreme
Live and love the people around you
In this wide wide world
How many could love others
Like Yu Juan did?

*** The End ***

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