One of the greatest gifts of my life-story work is that I get to meet really unique, amazing people doing unique, amazing things with their lives. At every age.
This week, I got a call — three calls, to be exact — from a very enthusiastic 97-year-old friend of mine, Gracie. She had read in the town paper that a local celebrity was in need of "extras" for a car-dealership commercial being taped at the community church on Saturday morning. The scene: a mock wedding. If you were interested, you needed to be at the church at 9:30 a.m. dressed in going-to-a-wedding attire.
I know that Gracie doesn't usually get up and going until mid-morning, at best. But she's not one to "excuse" herself from living because she's too old or too tired. Gracie's almost always game for whatever turns up (or whatever she hunts down).
She left three separate messages on my voicemail Friday night to be certain that I had all of the event information — as surely I would want to attend.
Well, I didn't. I guess I'm a bit of a wallflower at heart.
But Gracie was there — in her blue dress-suit and red hat.
She called me when she got home a little before noon. The lilt in her voice was enough to know — she had a blast.
As I look ahead and imagine myself with a headful of gray hair and a shuffle to my step, I can only hope that I will embrace life as enthusiastically as my dear friend. Not only is she open to experience the surprises and opportunities that life may bring — she goes out looking for them.