"If you associate enough with older people who enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and the possibility for a full life."
- Margaret Mead
They are an aspect of our lives that is usually taken for granted and that's a shame because most people never really appreciate something until it's gone.
If you happen to have a family member who is a part of what Brokaw named our "greatest generation," consider yourself lucky.
In my family, there is only one.
I've always found it easy to connect with this generation. Their lives are full of experiences that most of us will never encounter. And I suspect a sizable number of us would not have been able to overcome the same adversities.
I've also found that if you just sit tight, show a genuine interest in their story and listen... more times than not a contagious dose of old school sensibility will be yours for the taking.
When I was considering subject matter in which to focus my latest short video on, I thought of a woman who happened to be turning 90 and how I'd like to recollect a few moments from her life.
So go ahead and have a lengthy conversation with someone that fits the bill. I'd stay clear of topics such as the weather and aches and pains as they are ever changing - but that's just me.
Ask them about various aspects of their life... their trials and tribulations, the good times and the not so. You'll get more out of this conversation than you realize.
And one day, you'll cherish the memory.