For the sake of privacy, I’ll call my new found friend, Jane.
She’s 80 and has six great-grand children.
I met her while serving as an inspector during the primaries, held a few weeks ago. Our shift started from 5 in the morning and ended till 10 in the evening. But seated next to her made the day go by so fast. We must have talked about everything: from the new machines and ballots used, love, work, young people, life as a whole. I think I learned more from her than I did with any senior citizen.
A couple of things I learned from Jane:
- Laugh often.
- Life is too short to groan and complain.
- Every minute counts so make the most of it.
- Don’t hold back. Take action when your intuition tells you.
- Socialize and keep good close friends. The time will come when you’ll appreciate having them around.
- Love among humans comes and goes, but love in God is always forever.
- Read books and when you’re tired of reading, keep reading. Your brain will thank you.
- Don’t change or alter your body just to enhance your beauty, your natural self is more beautiful than you know.
- When times are hard, lean on God. You’ll soon realize He’s the only one around whose shoulder you can do that on.
- Never give up.
- Travel when you can.
Jane and I stay in touch and call each other every week. I never thought bumping into an 80-year-old woman would have an impact on me, but it has. I thought I had friends of all ages, but Jane beat the cake and it’s truly a joy having her for a friend. I don’t think I’ll ever reach her age and be fortunate to have six great-grand children, but I realize one can never be too young or too old to establish friendships, it’s up to me though to reach out and befriend. The impact could be surprisingly wonderful.