Today I attended the funeral of Trudy’s Opa. Trudy, my closest and dearest friend.
He lived a great life. 93 incredible years. A kind and sweet man.
His eulogy was beautiful. Given by his grandson. The kind of eulogy anyone would be honoured to have spoken about them. It was emotional, funny, raw and reflective.
It spoke of the legacy he left behind. Ten key parts.
I can only recall six of them, but I suppose they were the items that resonated most deeply with me. I’m sure my recollection doesn’t convey the exact messages of Opa’s Legacy, but this is what those words meant to me.
- Create – Use your hands. Carve. Paint. Write a story. Leave something behind that future generations will have. Something that will tell of your time here. Something that you will be remembered for.
- Dance – It doesn’t matter if you don’t have rhythm – not many people really do. Feel the music and move however you see fit. Just have fun.
- Dress Well – Always make sure you look put together. You never know what the day may hold.
- Cry – Don’t be afraid to cry. If you need to, just do it. Sometimes you just need that release.
- Laugh at Yourself – Laugh at your mistakes. Laugh at your misfortune. Laugh at the drama that surrounds you. Laugh, just because it feels good to laugh.
- Keep Moving – No matter what obstacles you face, keep moving. Keep progressing forward. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Just keep moving.
I still can’t recall the other four items. I wish I had busted out my phone to record them, so I could hold these nuggets of wisdom forever.
You lived a great life Opa, and you have an amazing family who will make sure your legacy lives on. May you rest in peace.
(I have included a picture I took this past summer. One that makes me wonder why I don’t pick up my camera more often. Photography is my own personal outlet. My own way to create. It allows me to express feeling and emotions I might otherwise hold inside.)