My grandfather turned 95 years old this year. Our family and a small group of friends helped to celebrate his birthday with a small party, good food, and lots of stories.
95 years! Can you imagine all that has been done, seen, and changed in the last 95 years? Through it all, my grandfather has remained strong in his beliefs and values. He has a zest for life, never misses a beat, and always has a story to share. After 95 years, he also has a lot of advice and wisdom to share. Not to mention a joke or two. He has done so much throughout his life and hasn’t been afraid to step out of the box to try something new. He has been a lawyer, to a World War II gunfighter, to being in the House of Represntatives, to starting his own business that is still running today.
Over the years I have learned a lot from my grandfather and I always look forward to my talks with him. I have great memories from when I was little when we would have family dinners from Arby’s at their house, we would get to have sleep overs where we would play games into the night, and so many more.
Some of the most important things that I have learned I still carry with me today and try to keep them with me where ever my path leads. First and foremost family comes first. Even though I live in Minnesota now, my grandfather still checks in on me. A smile goes a long ways, even towards a total stranger. Passing a long a smile can make someone’s day, not to mention show a little bit of who you are. Be a part of your community. It gives you an opportunity to expand your horizons, while providing a sense of accomplishment and value.
I am nearly 30 now, I can’t begin to imagine what the next 65 years will bring in my life. What I do know is that…as long as I can carry God, my family, my friends, and things that bring true happiness with me always while holding strong to my values I will be headed in the right direction. I also need to learn from my mistakes and the curve balls that life throws (sometimes hurls) at me, while also being honest with myself and admitting when I can’t go at it alone.
What words of adivce are keeping you going? Share your memories and stories below. I look forward to hearing your story.