A while ago now, I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the day with some competition winners at the AFL Grand Final, watching Hawthorn bring home their third Grand Final win in as many years, for work.
I say ‘for work’, but honestly, I’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a work day. Unless we get to do some sort of competition that involves gin. In that case, get out of the way, because I’m taking that one.
Each of the winners won their place at the game by sharing a story of their Greats; the older people in their lives that have supported, or inspired them. In other words, simply explaining why their Great is Great.
The competition was part of a campaign called Caring For Our Greats, which is all about encouraging people to spend time with the older folk in their lives. There are studies that show that older people can be socially isolated, which can lead to a bunch of other issues; so staying connected is important.
It’s easy to see how it might happen; life gets busy and we may not be able to catch up as often as we’d like. And if someone is on their own, they may not have the skills to reconnect with the world around them. Often it’s a simple fix; a regular call or quick catch up with family, friends or even a neighbour can make all the difference.
As I read through the submissions in preparation for meeting the winners, it was impossible not to be touched by emotion. There’s something inherently heart warming about elderly people – even the grumpy ones are somehow still cute. And I’m not trying to be patronising, although I’m aware that I probably am.
I don’t have any *really* old people in my life, cute or otherwise, but that’s not to say I don’t have Greats.
There are a bunch of people who I’m constantly amazed that we all got lumped together in this life. Family who are more like friends, friends who are more like family. A group of people who choose to be around me, even when they don’t have to be. Winning.
While they may not be elderly just yet, they still classify as Greats in my mind; supportive, caring and inspiring. Wise and generous with their time and insights. They’re the people on my speed dial list, and given how I really don’t like talking on the phone, that’s saying something in and of itself.
As infuriating as they can be at times (because, family), they make me stupidly proud more often than not. Quite simply, they’re the people that help make my life Great.
Who are the Greats in your life?
Disclaimer – this is not a sponsored post. I just love this campaign (I mean, who doesn’t love old people?!) and I wanted to write about it. As an aside, there is another competition running at the moment for you to share your story of your Great and you can win a trip to Sydney to Matt Moran’s Aria Restaurant. See more here.