My grandma passed on July 6, 2022. When I received the news it didn’t feel real, but one thing I knew for sure is that an era of my life had ended. I say this because grandma was always there. She was here with us for a long time. My grandma was 93 years old when she went home to be with the Lord. I knew my grandma was favored because throughout her years she was in good health and didn’t experience pain. She was very mobile and anyone could tell you that for many years she walked everywhere she wanted to go, even in her later years in life.
Grandma leaving this world has put me on alert. We all know that we have to die one day but when someone lives that long and passes away it’s almost a feeling of profoundness and wisdom that you get from reflecting on that person’s life. I believe that some elderly people exude a strength that we have yet to experience. My grandma saw so many people pass away during her years of living. I can imagine it really hurts to see loved ones go at first but after a while you develop a sense of peace in knowing that it’s a way of life and that going to heaven is all of our ultimate goal. This can alter the way one thinks about death.
Grandma passing away reminds me of the importance of time. I believe she spent much of her time on earth in a way that brought her joy and peace. This is the way I would like to spend my years here on earth. Joy and peace are the two most important things any human can have. I want to age gracefully, not allowing the worries of the world to infiltrate my spirit. Don’t look up one day to only see that you lived your life in a way that our modern culture approves of, but as a result neglected your soul. Find what makes you happy and gives you peace and hold on to it.
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