Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

“If you only read what other people are reading, you can only think of what other people are thinking.” – Haruki Murakami

I’ve always liked the movie “Up”. It is a heartbreaking but truly inspiring story of life after loss. But the real beauty of this film is the surprising and unexpected friendship the two protagonists share. It is ultimately the story of an old widower and a young Boy Scout, maximizing each other’s strengths. It’s just a Pixar movie, but its success shows that millions of people agree with me. And this movie is right. The friendship between generations is amazing.

From a very young age, we tend to build friendships with close people our age. Whether in playgroups, nurseries, schools, and later in education or apprenticeships, most of us in our early twenties will see working and playing with our peers.

However, it is very rewarding to make friendships with people of different generations.
This is something I only recently discovered while working as a housekeeper.

I’m part of Good Life Sorted, a company that uses technology to connect helpers with older, more vulnerable people living nearby. The assistant then connects directly with the new customer, organizes regular appointments and personalized payments, and then engages in that person’s life each week. Details will depend on individual needs. I have several clients and each of us has a unique business relationship. Some people are not very mobile, so they rely on me for a bit of shopping and work from home. Others simply want to spend time together. Wrap up the day and enjoy a walk in the fresh air.

What they all have in common is that they have become precious friends to me. I initially signed up to earn some extra money. I originally worked in finance and it wasn’t for me, but my friend’s parents used this procedure for practical help and it sounded appealing. My purpose in connecting with them is always to help them maintain a bit of independence and stay home a little longer. It is usually organized by relatives and is to provide fellowship, practical support, and respect to the elderly.

And respect is just one of the things they taught me along the way. Intergenerational friendships bring something different through this and give us new perspectives and perspectives.

experiences

It opened my eyes to the vast array of rich experiences that older generations had. A young person can learn a lot by simply having a chat with a cup of tea. I’ve become a fairly expert on horses, have a keen interest in a variety of fashions, and love to see one of my clients make New Year’s cards. I learned both about spiritualism and about travel. In other cultures, elders are respected for their experiences. We don’t think we do that much. we must

sympathy

It is worthwhile to hear about all of these experiences and hear different views on them. Some of my older clients have very different views of life that I can understand. I may not always agree with their views, but recognizing and respecting that others have a right to their views based on their own experiences is very important to being more empathetic and sympathetic to each other. I think you can get lost on instant social media. – The world we live in.

patience

Slowing things down is something we all had to learn at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of things have kind of returned to normal, but it’s important to remember to be patient with each other and with ourselves. Living in the present and being mindful is very rewarding. Sitting, chatting, crafting, drinking tea, and spending time with customers, you’re learning not to worry about what’s going to happen that day or later in the week. I am learning to relax. great!

We sincerely look forward to seeing our customers. I no longer consider them customers. Helping them stay a little longer, and I may be doing things that they can’t handle, but what they’ve given me is far more valuable.

Screenplay: Julie Milligan

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