Many of the elders in the Legacy Project advise us that the present moment is what is critically important, and that we miss each moment in our drive toward the future and our pursuit of material goods. Evette, 79, tells about the things that delight her and make life worth living – and none of them are “big ticket” items.
At my age you learn that “things” aren’t important; people are.
The love of your family, the sharing of their milestones and the joy when they ask you about yours.
The touch of their young smooth cheek or hand on your non-elastic skin sends warmth all over you.
I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for a good book while you’re under a down comforter.
I’ve learned that there’s no substitute for good hearty laughter that brings color to your cheeks and a jump to your heart.
I’ve learned that when you want to stay in bed because of aching joints, a brisk walk or a stationary bike does wonders!
I’ve learned that everyone has a story that’s worth listening to.
I’ve learned that it’s okay to ask your children for help even if you were fiercely independent before.
I’ve learned that the beat of your heart is dependent on the hearts of your children and grandchildren.