I have great respect for communities and societies who value older generations. I wish that we could all value and respect other people’s life experience and wisdom.
As a society, I think that we should embrace getting older, for every wrinkle tells a story. There have been some fantastic role models who became more influential with age, and whose stories became that much more powerful as they got older. Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Mother Theresa – the list goes on and on.
How can we not learn from these great teachers? How can we not embrace the beauty of age and wisdom?
If I could change society, I would start by placing more emphasis, value and importance on older generations. We can learn incredible things from them.
Have you ever sat down with a grandparent, parent or older family member and listened to their life story? They can take us to places we have never been before. They can take us on journeys of pain, love, triumph and glory.
Too often, we fail to acknowledge just how much we can learn from the older generations.
When I opened my ears and started listening to my own family’s stories, I was really amazed at what I found out. Their life stories are absolutely incredible. I am proud of their accomplishments, and proud to be a member of my family.
The next time you see an elderly person in the shop, driving annoyingly slowly in front of you, or struggling to walk up a flight of stairs, don’t just get irritated – stop to smile at them, help them, and acknowledge that they are somebody special.
For all you know, they may just be the founder of a big franchise store, or someone who defended one of your family members in a fight or argument of some sort. They may have made a powerful contribution to the world. They are someone’s mother or father, brother or sister, and more than likely the greatest love of someone’s life. Let us love the older generations. They have given us so much.
And in order for us to ensure that we are great examples for future generations, just as the older generations are for us, we should embrace every opportunity to increase our knowledge. One way of doing this is by taking distance learning courses in our spare time.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi