Age ain’t nothing but a number and these two strong ladies are a living testament to that. If there’s any takeaway from this week’s International Women’s Day, it’s probably the fact that everyday women are such badass!
A Twitter user recently revealed that his mother is taking up a degree in business management at the age of 64. It wasn’t long for his tweet blew up, gaining traction from netizens near and far. At the time of writing, the post has received over 3.8k retweets online.
My mother, at 64. Maktok to 10 cucus, (11th on the way) is on second year of her degreee.
— Sölehudin needs a giant calculator (@sthehu) March 4, 2023
“My mother, at 64. Maktok (a grandmother) to 10 grandkids (the 11th is on the way) is taking her second year of degree,” Twitter user Solehudin wrote. In response to another user’s question on what inspired her to further her studies at this age, he revealed that his mom made this decision when she was bored during the pandemic. He later added that her mom has always enjoyed studying.
Many netizens were inspired by Maktok’s enthusiasm. “This is so cute! All the best to your mom! The fact that she did not stop because of the age is inspiring. I need to show this to my mom,” one commenter wrote in the replies. Another one chimed in, “May God ease her studies. Nothing is impossible.”
In other news, 57-year Saparisah Abdul Rahman made headlines after showing that she’s capable of lifting and carrying a 12kg – 14kg liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-filled cylinder from house to house, a job which is normally carried out by men! Speaking to NST, the grandma of 16 grandchildren said that she’s been doing the job for 15 years, proving that women can also perform jobs that are typically associated with physical strength.
“I have a younger brother who runs the business and in 2004, I decided to join him,” Saparisah said. “Initially, it was tough because I was not strong enough to even lift a gas cylinder, what more to carry it to my customer’s doorsteps. The gas cylinder weighs 12 kg to 14 kg. I had back pain initially, but I’ve gotten used to it over time.”
During the chat, Saparisah also acknowledged that this job is often associated with men. Despite the odds against her, this woman has shown that she can go toe to toe with the men. Just like most women out there, she’s not immune to negative remarks, but she handles it with grace. According to Ipoh lady, “When I get nasty remarks, I just respond with a smile and continue with my work. Nowadays we cannot be selective in choosing a job. As long as the income is ‘halal’, I’ll do it.”
Kudos to both Maktok and Saparisah for being an inspiration to the many people out there, especially women.
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