A tall, cowboy hat donned gentleman, accompanied by his
sweet angelic wife walked into my office a couple years
ago to thank my boss and myself for the wonderful job we
did assisting them with finding their new local home; an
assisted living facility that catered to their ever changing
needs. Not only can I call Bill and Anne my friends, but
sweetly hail them family. Uncle Bill is always to the rescue
with kind and empathetic words. If he’s nursing a broken
heart, playing Santa on the phone at Christmas, or
encouraging others to grab Aging by the horns and show
them who’s boss. Uncle Bill is never at a loss for words and
that is one of the best parts of him.
What once was a Wild and Fearless man, now sits a Calm, Patient and Wise man. What has
aging taught Uncle Bill you ask? To honor the seven Gifts of Living.
Share. Give Advice to others. Have perspective. Give Comfort. Correction. Take time to Pray,
and always Forgive.
I’ve started listening to what Bill says..
As I age out of my thirties, and watch my oldest son graduate High School, I realize that
what Bills says really means something. Using these perspectives on life, I see what really
matters in life. Family, Forgiveness and love, the rest just accompanies you to make you
whole. Having denial over the inevitable won’t make it go away. We are all going to “get
old”, we are all going to get grey hair, wrinkles, and aches and pains. Well, us that are lucky
so make the most of it. Enjoy it. Aging isn’t granted to everyone. Between myself and Bill
were here to break through the stigmas of aging and pass along wisdom and ease into
Make a Bucket List
Just because your hair turned grey, you can still achieve your goals. The
reality is what you can do, not what you want to do. What you can do, is
decide if this is how you want my life to be, or do you want to leave the
responsibilities to my children? Make a plan. Bill Says,” Your children didn’t
decide what car you were going to drive, or what your career would be; Why
let them decide how you will age?” Did you travel the US and see the sights?
Do it. Did you go to a concert and hear your favorite song? Do it. When you sit
on your porch and look out at your life, decide if you like what is looking back
at you because it’s never too late to change it. Look back on happy memories,
look out at your family, the legacy that you leave behind, look into your
future and know that you were the one that decided where you will be taking
your boots off and hanging your hat up when your time comes…