Old and alone.
When our careers are over.
Showing compassion, respect, and empathy for older people who are alone are crucial for maintaining a healthy and inclusive society. As we age, we may become more isolated and vulnerable, and it is important that we, as a community, make an effort to reach out and connect with those who may be lonely.
I personally witnessed the power of this type of small act of kindness today when I saw an older gentleman sitting alone during lunch. I decided to say hello and ask how he was doing. The smile that spread across his face was enough to tell me that my small gesture made a big impact on his day. It's a reminder that a little bit of compassion and empathy can go a long way in making someone's day a little bit brighter. We should all strive to make a habit of reaching out and connecting with older people in our community who may be alone. It's a simple way to make a big difference.
I could easily end up being just like the man I spoke to today. Alone and venturing out for lunch just so I can hear and listen to others. I'm hoping younger people will notice me and acknowledge my existence.