I spent the last four days with my grandparents exploring the lights, city, and culture of Los Angeles. I was humbled by the grace in which they accepted new ideas and ways of thought that were presented in an environment so different from their garden home in the foothills of Northern California.
Today we are bombarded by technology and the expectation to have the next new thing, and it’s easy to forget the immense amount of wisdom the senior generation has to share. My grandparents are the first to admit that modern technology isn’t their strongest suit; for example, the “lady in the phone,” aka Siri, is still a mystery to them. As a society, we often see the generational and social difference as a handicap; furthermore, it's all too common to associate ones ability to use technology with his or her knowledge level and ultimately, ability to function well in society.
If our older generation is perceived as “unequipped,” society is suffering a tremendous loss.
Sure, I know how to use a smart phone and how to post a photo on Instagram, but can I build a house from the foundation up? Can I rebuild the engine of a car? Sew my own clothes? Grow my own food? To place credibility on the ability to operate technology, rather than a genuine knowledge of how to be self-sufficient, seems off to me.
Ever since a young age my grandparents have taught me the value of hard work and “fixing it yourself.” My grandpa taught me how to work on my own car and how to put up a fence. My grandma taught me how to sew and take care of a vegetable garden.
Together they have taught me the importance of being “human” - To live, love, and feel each moment from within - To lead each action with practical grace and to engage my mind, body, and spirit in everything I do.
I am genuinely thankful for the wisdom they have shared and I know there is always more to learn.
...thank you Papa & Grandma for sharing your wisdom and unconditional love...xoxo