Yesterday, my grandfather suffered a major stroke. He has lived a good, long and fairly healthy life. He is in the hospital right now, most of his family around him, waiting for the inevitable and hoping that he goes peacefully and without pain. My Grandfather lead a good life. He was born during the first World War, fought in the second war. He was proud of his service, and often bragged about all the gals he met while overseas. Most of all, he took care of his family, no matter what. When my Grandmother was very sick and dying from complications of T2 diabetes he was there, and took care of her. In the past few months his health started to go downhill, but even then was in pretty good spirits. He was always pretty active and very sharp, and there is a part of me that is thankful that he will not have to suffer long.
My Grandmother who passed away several years ago spent her last years, suffering and in pain. My Grandfather has spent the last ten years being active, and enjoying life. Many people ask me why we should even bother eating healthier or leading active lifestyles, if we are just going to die. I think the answer is in how we spend the last 10 years of our lives. My Grandfather made a lot of good health decisions through his life, and as a result he was able to spend his last years in a much better place than most. No one will live forever, no matter what kind of diet they eat. However how we take care of ourselves is going to make a difference to how we live out our life. His life reminded me of a very powerful commercial I saw on how we will spend our last 10 years of life.
When thinking about how you live your life, think about your aging process and what you want it to look like:
I will miss my Grandfather greatly, and I will honor his life everyday in how I live my life.
*My Grandfather holding my hand on my wedding day, I know as I go through my life, he will still keep holding my hand.