December’s VLR Winner was nominated by my co-author, Jonathan Chevreau, and I just love her story.
Meta is a real person, a neighbour of Jonathan’s and they also happen to attend the same church. She just celebrated her 100th birthday and, until she suffered a hip injury earlier this year, she was still working one or two half-days a week at a nearby printing firm. She used the proceeds from her work to finance the many trips she looked forward to taking with her friends. Wine tours around Niagara-on-the-Lake have always been a particular favourite of hers.
I like thinking about people like Meta because she is not some famous person that we put on a pedestal and dream about becoming one day. Rather, she is one of us. Meta does have it together though. She has clarity of purpose, knows what she wants and is not afraid to go out and get it. Once her hip injury is healed, Meta intends to return to work, back to the life she loves.
It’s important that you have a good reason to get out of bed in the morning. Once you have lost that or given it away, you stop living. At that point, you are just existing, waiting for the clock to run out. How many of you buy into those happy retirement commercials brought to you by the retirement home industry? Well, it doesn’t sound like Meta does and neither do I.
I’m not sure how much time I have on this earth but I plan on living well for as long as I can. We can learn a lot from the Meta’s of the world. Open your eyes and you will find people just like her all around you.
Thank you Meta, for reminding us that age, in the great scheme of things, is really just a number. It’s important for all of us to figure out what we want to do with the rest of our lives and doing it. The sooner we start, the sooner our lives will change for the better. Stop waiting for instructions. Stop drifting and accepting whatever happens to come by. Your life will be more fulfilling and happier for it. Just ask Meta!