Recently my wife and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at a barbecue restaurant with my mom and stepdad. He is 80 and my mom is 72. They are both in good health and are very active. The waitress who served us was unusually pretty and kind. When we were getting ready to leave I told her we had talked about her and we all thought she resembled the great actress Audrey Hepburn. She told us what a compliment that was. We were impressed she knew who the late actress was. She went on and told us she was an aspiring singer. She said we could check out her music on Youtube or on her Facebook page. I made a mental note of her name to look her up later.
Two days after our barbecue visit, I went on Facebook to check the young waitress’s music out. My eyes were drawn to a post she had put up the day before. This is what she had written…..“Today, I had the nicest thing happen to me. I was serving a table of four elderly people who told me I reminded them of Audrey Hepburn. That made my day.”
Guess what? That was the first time in my life anyone has ever called me elderly. I am 54 years old. I am in reasonably good shape. I feel virile. But to this 20 something year old, I was elderly. Oh well….. We had a big laugh thinking about the words of our young waitress. I reminded myself that very day that this elderly guy still has a lot of mountains to climb and oceans to cross and battles to win. Are you with me? Don’t let someone else define you. You can’t live the big life allowing that to happen. You need to choose today what kind of life you are going to live and then live it.