While my hubby and I were out for dinner recently, I couldn’t help but lose focus on our own conversation and overhear another. The other was an elderly man talking about living a meaningful life. To be honest, I was kind of distracted from the moment I first saw this gentleman walk into the restaurant. If I had to guess, the man was well into his 80’s if not in his 90’s.
I’m thinking his hearing may have been a factor because he talked much louder than the others at his table. Eventually, his part of the conversation became something I couldn’t ignore. He said,
“Yeah, a lot of people have been asking me why I’m doing this. I’ll tell you why. All my life, I’ve been living just going through the motions and now I figure I need to do something and make a difference where I can before it’s too late.”
The elderly man went on to talk about friends he had along the way that are no longer living. He talked of others who are on oxygen or not able to live as vibrant as he is able to due to health, age, or other factors. I couldn’t help but think of my mom as he talked about his friends.
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What is the elderly man doing?
I didn’t hear what he was actually doing that people ask him about, but I could tell it was something that is outside of his comfort zone. At his age, this man was finally deciding to live with purpose. He finally made a decision to be living a meaningful life! Why? Because he knows in his heart that he needs to do something before it is too late.
This elderly man lived all of these years going through the motions and finally wants to feel fulfilled. He doesn’t want to be like his many peers over the years who just went through the motions of life followed by their health diminishing. He is in a position to make a difference, so a difference he is going to make!
I am still curious as to what exactly he is doing, but really it shouldn’t matter. It is clearly something that he is passionate about. It is also something that he didn’t allow himself to do earlier in his life, whether due to a lack of confidence, feeling concerned about what others would think, or other factors playing a role.
Reflecting on what the elderly man said
I started reflecting on how I have been living. Am I living on purpose or am I coasting along and playing it safe? Have I strived to make a difference along the way even if it’s outside of my comfort zone? Perhaps there’s been a little bit of both.
So often in life, playing it safe seems like the logical thing to do. Yet, here was this man who clearly, based on various parts of his conversation, had lived a decent life talking about needing to do something to make an impact on this e
This elderly man has me pondering on the fact that feeling fulfilled goes way beyond just taking care of ourselves and living day to day. I know I’m definitely guilty of going through the motions at times, simply going through life in what sometimes feels like a robotic state. Yet I don’t want to find myself in my final years of life finally deciding to then live with purpose. I ask myself, “What can I do TODAY to ensure I’m living a meaningful life?”
What can I do today?
One thing that comes to mind is to stop listening to the voice in my head that tells me that I can’t achieve something I feel strongly about striving for in my heart. Pulitzer
“Do not wait to be invited to make a difference in the world.”– Connie Schultz
She goes on to claim,
“If women waited to be invited, we still wouldn’t have the right to vote.”– Connie Schultz
We all have the opportunity to be living a meaningful life. We all have the opportunity to step outside of our comfort zones and do things that we truly feel good about in our hearts. I guess the real question is when, if ever, will we choose to?
I would love to know your experience with this. Are you already living your meaningful life? Or are you waiting to live that life? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂