Today, volunteering at the Teva Winter Mountain Games, a 71 year old ortho-pedic surgeon named Robert shared stories for hours. As he spoke of his visits to other countries or other adventures, he handed me a piece of jerky, elk jerky from the elk he killed this hunting season. Reminder: he’s 71.
He spoke candidly to the two of us, youngsters in his eyes. Told us stories about his 20 years playing polo and the horses he tried to train. He spoke of his time in New Orleans at Tulane. He asked us why we do what we do. And then upon our responses he smiled “we grew up in different times!”
How true! We appreciate each other equally, gaining so much from the conversation. His wisdom, our life energy. Upon being asked about his public speaking experiences, he talking about how we live in different times. His life options: stay in school or go to Vietnam. But he eventually did both! Then he smiled: “we’re just living Hailee, we’re living! Either you live it in the front end of life (meaning during your youth) or you try to catch up in the back end and that’s what I’m doing. I just don’t have the body I use to. These old knees hurt too much.”
“Either way you do it, you only live once, and we don’t know how long that’ll be. Usually, it’s shorter than we want.”