If I’ve learned one thing from this whole crazy journey with Alice, it’s that every young person can use a reminder that the elder they see in front of them, was their age once. And that that elder is still that person inside. I’m confident that part of Alice’s legacy will be that she inspired so many young people (millions??) to have that revelation at a very deep level.
In the spirt of that insight, I dug around for a beautiful photo of my girlfriend’s grandmother (all my own grandparents are passed), framed it, and hung it above her bed at the nursing home.
Above her bed, so the visual connection between the photo and the person in the bed is a strong as it can be. Because it’s there primarily for the benefit of everyone visiting her and caring for her. We can all use a reminder, as often as possible.
Though of course we often take it off the wall, look at it with her and tell stories as well!
I encourage you to do the same for any elders in your life, and tell others to do it for theirs. Find a photo of them when they were young, vibrant and delighted with life. Best if it’s a close up, and it’s just them. I truly believe this could make a difference in so many senior’s lives.
And if you’d like, please share your pictures to #WhatAliceTaughtMe to help spread the word and inspire others. Thanks!