what I learned from visiting aging relatives

by - December 30, 2017


After Christmas, my family and I went on a little road trip about seven hours away to visit some of my aging relatives. As they are starting to age, I observed and learned a few things that altered my perspective on the next couple of months of my life.

Be Adventurous 
Being young doesn't last forever. While you have the ability to go out and do things regularly, do them. Don't let fear keep you from doing the things you want to do right now. 

Stay close to family
Unfortunately, as my relatives have aged, they have moved far away from family. They are in a hard situation where it's impossible for them to go and visit family & so they are often times lonely. As I grow older, I want to make sure I am always around family and that if possible in my later years, I am still able to have my family close during the holidays and whatnot. 

Embrace the loved ones around you right now
These relatives of mine have lost a lot of their siblings, parents and other relatives and friends because of their aging. Even though I often have the mindset that these people will always be around, they won't. I need to treasure every moment.

Here's to 2018, where I'm hoping to do more things that scare me, because I know one day I will be glad I tried things, even if they didn't work out. And I want to make sure I don't take the people and friends around me for granted. 


What have you learned from loved ones in your life throughout the years, good or bad? 

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6 comments

  1. This post is so unique! I never would have thought about writing this. Grandparents are so special and we should spend more quality time with them.

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    1. So true! And unfortunately the phrase we don't know what we have until it's gone is a lot of times true in that situation.

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  2. I agree with the be adventurous part! Sometimes it stinks that we tend to overthink things, because it can sometimes cause us to pull out of things we'd actually really love to try and maybe enjoy doing. Lauren, I hope you have an awesome New Years!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. Definitely! I think we often have very unrealistic fears and if we could get over them, we could experience really awesome things and get involved in a lot more. Thanks for reading!

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  3. This is such a beautiful post. Watching my family members age has definitely taught me to enjoy spending time with loved ones, even when visiting with family can make for craziness at times! Appreciating the little things and taking time to hear people's stories also helps! Love this!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely agree, and even though sometimes my family is crazy, I would never want to change that.

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