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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Change My Mindset

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. HIGHWAY - MORNIING

  4. Grey sky. Peter's driving an 8-seater towards NT alone.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've been longing for today to go back to my NT home. But I didn't sleep well last night.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I go swimming at all? What if the sea is rough?


  8. EXT. GOLD COAST CAR PARK - LATER


  9. Having parked his car, Peter goes to the beach.


  10. EXT. BAY WATER - LATER


  11. Peter swims breaststrokes towards the outer swimming boundary and then swims freestyle back to the beach.


  12. PETER (V.O.): I've made it.


  13. Soon, it begins to rain heavily.

  14. Act 2


  15. INT. LAKESIDE RESTAURANT - LATER


  16. Sitting at a corner, Peter does his order with a CAPTAIN (20s).


  17. CAPTAIN: So you've swum before coming here? It was cats and dogs!


  18. PETER : Oh, I was lucky, Captain. I'm enjoying life, right now.


  19. Peter smiles.


  20. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - NOON


  21. Messy sitting room. Listening to oldies, Peter checks an incoming phone message.


  22. PETER (V.O.): Oh, a young and bright HKUST Council Member is wishing me Happy Birthday - a day in advance.


  23. Peter types on his phone: Your wishes have made me happy. I'll stay reasonably healthy by swimming daily.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's why I maintain my discipline even though I'm quite tired.


  25. Pausing.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I had some high-level intellectual exchanges yesterday and my anxiety didn't go away last night.


  27. Looking at some peeled-off wallpapers.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I really have to slow down. I'll leave the renovation work to another day.


  29. Recalling.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Last Saturday, my elder son and his girlfriend also celebrated my "birthday" in advance.


  31. Recalling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was a surprise. I did say bluntly that I had strong view regarding celebrating fake "birthdays".


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Birthday was one's day of birth, which was long gone.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My elder son did remark that my mindset would dampen others' joyful mood.


  37. Nodding.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know of no one who shares my view. And I've written my Happy Birthday song to celebrate others' birthdays.


  39. Reflecting.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Tomorrow, I'll turn 67.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I take it as a privilege that I can grow old.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I now accept "birthday" celebrations as I've lived another year?


  45. Clearing up a little the messy stuff near him, Peter picks up a string of beads.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it was a thoughtful birthday gift from my children many years ago.


  47. After taking a photo of it, Peter puts it carefully inside his hand bag.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Other than this little treasure, I'm actually clearing up the unwanted stuff while I still can, minimizing future troubles.


  49. Act 3


  50. EXT. HIGHWAY - EVENING


  51. Blue sky. Peter drives back to the urban area.


  52. PETER (V.O.): Today, I've checked the conditioners. Apart from one unit on the 1/F, all the other ones are in working order.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Once I've cleared up the files dotting the staircases, I'll arrange to dispose of the many malfunctioning TV sets.


  55. Reflecting.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From 2000 to 2009, I used to drive my family in this car to and from my NT home.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My children have grown up and I've grown old.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I can't change the circumstances, I've to change my mindset.


  61. Pausing.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I should begin celebrating my "birthdays"!


  63. FADE OUT.


  64. THE END



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