Good morning, Sunday Brewers!
In this issue we’re diving into inter-generational friendships, power poses, Elon’s new title (Hail to the… King?), how to *really* disconnect and much more.
Let’s dive in!
Generational differences can be hard to overcome.
Elderly people often can’t understand why “teenagers” constantly have their noses in screens.
Likewise, many young adults can’t comprehend why their parents and grandparents say and do things that are no longer “cool.”
Recently, I saw a story about a 99-year-old woman and a high school student in British Columbia forming an amazing friendship and it made me smile.
The unlikely relationship began when Myrtle MacDonald (99) signed up for a local program designed to connect lonely and isolated individuals with other people.
The entire goal of the program is to give people someone to talk to.
Myrtle was elated when she was paired up with 17-year-old Jaelyn Bjornerud-Brown, who shares a common interest: nursing.
“I just found her more interested and less in a hurry than I expected. It has filled an empty spot,” Myrtle says.
The program recommends participants spend at least 30 minutes per week speaking with their senior friends.
But Myrtle and Jaelyn’s conversations go wayyyy beyond that…
“I love and look forward to getting to talk to her every week. [We talk] about an hour and 15 minutes, the time just goes by so quickly,” says Jaelyn.
And while Jaelyn is certainly a fountain of joy for Myrtle, this is far from a one-sided relationship.
The bright-eyed teenager picks up incredible life lessons every time they speak.
“In high school they kind of say you go to school, you get a job, you have kids. It’s a linear thing [but] talking to her has made me realize I don’t have to limit myself to one thing. I can have it all,” she says.
Just goes to show you…we all have something valuable to share with those around us.
What can you share with someone this week to lift their spirits and help them grow?