Imagine that most of your life you had everything.Your own business, a great life, you never had to think twice to travel anywhere in the world or eat at the finest of restaurants.Then, one day, you lost all those privileges at the ripe old age of 81.What would you do?
Here is a true story of strength, courage, independence and love for life.Here is a story of one man’s transformation from luxury and comfort to fulfilling basic needs.
A few years back he lived in a beautiful villa in a very upscale neighborhood surrounded by the finest things in life. Today he calls home an apartment in an old building between fifteen to twenty years old, surrounded by a few treasures that remind him of the life he once lived.
I am not writing this to make any suggestions or to point fingers at anyone. Instead I share this story to illustrate how in keeping a young spirit, positive outlook and not succumbing to the five senses of the law of life but instead extending oneself to the highest form of enlightenment, the sixth sense, can help one overcome the most feared challenge in life – Unexpected Loss.
We all know that in the new world order of today, age can be defying and to find work can be wearisome. It’s like trying to find a needle in a hay stack. The saying that age is just a number is sometimes used loosely; but, here was an 81 year old man in search of finding himself a job to take care of himself, pay off his debts and to continue to provide for his long life companion.
At first, for him, it was a roller coaster ride of upheavals. The strain of making ends meet became more and more apparent but this proved once again the resilience of one man’s convictions and love for life itself. As terrible as it was, hope, faith and determination to survive his ordeal was his number one priority and reaching out to the government for assistance was not an option, and there was no room for pride.
It took him one year and a half to find himself his first job which lasted six months. He then moved on to his second job which he still goes to every day. Now at the young age of 86, he works shifts, sometimes till one o’clock in the morning, with one day off in the week.
It is rare to see someone at such an age taking precedence over their lives, not waiting to be taken care of. Such resilience and passion, taking action, uplifting his golden years by breathing innovative freshness and pumping added energy into his life is amazing.
It could be devastating for most elderly people who may be or are in such positions to follow his path because we are all made up differently. However, it is possible to widen and shape our golden years by this example of willpower.
I have come to a profound realization that life is not as complex as we perceive it to be. As the old adage goes, “The only constant in life is change”.
Booker T Washington once said, “Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life but rather by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed”.
As long as we are healthy we should not think about isolating ourselves but instead be motivated to expand our lifestyle and reinvent ourselves by “doing and not being”.
You may think that this story is extraordinary and it may be so, but it takes a rare person to bring such enlightenment to others, especially the younger ones, showing them by example what they too can achieve. Building continuity in life goes on ceaselessly. Age should not be a hindrance as it is after all just a state of mind.
I dare you to make a difference….
Fanga! (the power within)