They Say…

They say that life takes you on some incredible journeys. Journeys of love, journeys of despair, journeys of sheer blissful happiness. Journeys that take all the energy your soul can summons to make it through till’ the end.

I’ve been on some incredible journeys myself. Every one of them being a learning experience to last my lifetime. And, how long does a lifetime last exactly? Until what age will this body of mine make it? When will my soul falter and give in to what ultimately lies ahead of this life?

Nowadays it’s all about life longevity, but what’s the point in longevity if your not going to enjoy the years?

A couple weeks back my family and I went to visit an elderly friend of ours. Her husband had passed away last year before the holidays, and her children live out of state. She was lonely, so desperately so, that when we arrived she could not stop talking. She talked to me for over three hours, and I learned so much about her and what life was like for people decades ago.

It’s both uplifting and melancholy in the same moment, to be appreciated by someone simply for taking a few hours of the day to sit and talk to them, enjoying a warm cup of tea, giggling at funny stories, and holding your hand over your heart with a clenched fist while your friend talks about the husband she once loved so much. I think we can collectively say as a species, that we just aren’t living life to its fullest, especially through the eyes of someone who experienced some of the most important decades in the history of America.

America. To be an American means to be free, yet we let the chains of responsibility weigh us down. We are so busy trying to be perfect, that we forget to have fun. Nothing matters in this life if you are not enjoying the freedom this country provides.

They say:  Life is a journey, enjoy the ride. It’s the little things that count. Tell your loved ones you love them every day, because that day could be your last day. Don’t take what you have for granted, even if you don’t have much. Stop chasing perfection, there is no such thing. I say: We better start listening.

 

 

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  1. says

    wow inspiring as well as somewhat sad. This made me think of one of my favorite quotes “Life shouldn’t be a journey with the intend of arriving at your grave in a well preserved body but rather to slide in with wine in one hand chocolate in the other screaming woohoo what a ride”
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  2. says

    It was very sweet of you to visit her and listen to her, but in the end it was probably a more rewarding experience for you than for her! I always enjoy listening to the tales of people who have lived longer than I have.

  3. Pam says

    This really hit home with me. My parents are 85 and 90 and one is now in a Nursing Home. It was a bit of an adjustment for my Dad but since I live 2000 miles a way there was not much else I could do. It is really a great place with very caring staff. Now he is very happy and the one thing he found that he really likes is that there is always someone ( other residents, staff and people visiting other residents) to have a conversation with. He is very social and this is something he wasn’t getting much of before. My Dad doesn’t need much but good conversation and someone who really cares what he has to say. That happens at this home and I am so grateful.

  4. says

    I recently spent some time on the sidewalk with the older ladies in my neighborhood. I left with a similar feeling. All they wanted was a little bit of my time to talk and I had time to give. It felt really good to learn about what the neighborhood was like 40 years ago!
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