Last week I cast my vote in the Minnesota primary and got an unexpected life lesson that had absolutely nothing to do with politics.
The voting started normally – I checked in, got my ballot, went to the cubby, and filled in the bubble to select my candidate. Then I took my ballot over to the scanner. That’s where I met the life lesson giver.
The woman manning the scanner was pushing 80 years old and perhaps the jolliest person I’ve ever seen. She made small talk as I submitted my ballot and I made small talk back.
And then, without any prelude or transition at all she said to me, “You know, I’m old enough that I just don’t care anymore. I know what I need.”
She wasn’t talking about voting or our government or anything having to do with politics.
She was talking about what SHE needed. On a personal, human level.
She needed to be around people. She needed the interaction.
She used to fulfill that need through teaching. Last week she fulfilled the need by volunteering to watch over the scanner – and probably chit-chatting with every voter like she did with me 🙂
I don’t know if this was a new realization that she could stop caring what other people thought and meet her own needs or if it’s something she’s been practicing for a long time.
Either way, I know with certainty you don’t have to wait until you’re 80 to unapologetically fulfill your needs.
You get to do it today, no matter what anyone else thinks.