I’m the type of person who loves to hear people’s life stories. In particular, I love snippets from the past – encounters of love, lessons learned, the quest for happiness, etc. I could sit for hours, rapturously engaged, as my grandparents share their memories. I don’t believe there is anything more precious – or more underrated – than wisdom. And who better to impart wisdom, in countless ways, than our elderly population?
So when I stumbled upon the blog, The Legacy Project, I knew it was something special. Dr. Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College, has developed the project from a simple question: “What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?” He has compiled responses from people around the country, all of which are available to read on his blog and in his new book, 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.
Dr. Pillemer’s project is not only an easy and accessible way to get (free!) practical advice on all of life’s obstacles, but it is also a wonderful way to honor our elders. I encourage you to check out the blog and discover ways to enhance your life. Not only that, but I encourage you to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles about their lives – I bet they’ll be thrilled to pass on their wisdom!
You can visit the blog here: http://legacyproject.human.cornell.edu/
Kalyn Chomko, Community Relations Coordinator