According to my son, Reese, who studies Biology and Psychology at The Citadel, there is such a thing as reflexive memories; pleasant memories of a past life that allow us to be able to repeat our passions later on. For instance, I had a client that used to tint Olan Mills photographs with color – almost like a painting – and as she aged, she still was able to create a lovely picture with a steady hand even though she could not even remember her own birthday.
I have another client that was able to turn nothing into gold. Today we went shopping to Hobby Lobby and her talent was apparent – just like my other client. It seems as though when something is duly important to us, we are just able to fall back into that mindset and recreate what it was that we loved doing!
Part of why I love what I do is to learn from seniors what is important to them and to be able to incorporate that into my everyday lifestyle. Much of what older people have learned, witnessed and experienced will never be able to be repeated because it is another place in time and we are incapable – for so many reasons – to be able to repeat history.
By learning from my clients, my friends, I can learn from history and thus, once again show them that With Age Comes Respect.