Today I’m remembering a great: a great grandma, mom, wife (of 50+ years), friend, community leader, youth mentor, bowler, shorthandist, cook … just an all-around great woman.
You know that phrase, “They don’t make them like they used to.” That pretty much sums up Shirley.
We lost her a year ago today, and I’m been feeling a bit melancholy, I’m not going to lie.
But there wasn’t anything about Shirley that was melancholy. Heck, the day she passed, she went out with friends to see a barber shop quartet and have cocktails. She was 91, mind you.
So, I’m doing my best to direct my energy toward the positive things about Shirley—and there are a lot of them to choose from.
Even if you didn’t know her, here are nine Shirley-inspired ideas for living life to the fullest, from someone who spent nine decades doing just that.
9 Secrets to Being Great
- Wear something dashing, preferably yellow.
- Work hard. Play hard.
- Laugh freely and often.
- Speak openly and honestly.
- Never underestimate the healing powers of a sunset cocktail.
- Take time to hand write a letter to a friend.
- Daydream about some place warm … or better yet go.
- Cook something to share.
- Listen to music that makes you want to sing and dance.
May these things keep you young at heart, just as they did for Shirley.