As I think about my elders and how they have lived life I marvel at the things they must have endured. The Great Depression, wars, the 60’s, and the list goes on. Civil rights have changed, Women’s rights have changed, humanity has changed.
Our elders hold such interesting memories about the world and how they’ve been a part of its evolution. When I look into the eyes of a wrinkled and aged woman, I can’t help but wonder what those eyes have seen. I’m sure they’ve seen love gained and love lost, birth and death, riches and poverty, weakness and strength. How I would love to write down all of her stories!
It’s important for us to remember that everyone has a story. While some people project hate and anger, there is probably a reason whether it’s justified or not. Some may even have nothing but love in their heart but they endured unimaginable things. As a nurse, it’s important for us to remember that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. Our patients are most likely in pain, whether emotional or physical. We must remember that everyone has a story of their own. We should try to learn from them rather than judge them.