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Flossie Lewis, A "Brief but Spectacular" view on growing old with grace

Flossie Lewis, writer, 91, shares her perspective on what it means to live fully, with dignity and inspiration, even to the end of life.

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What does it feel like to grow old? What reasons can we find to live fully even in the end of life? Despite age, when has a person truly "grown old" and ready to go?  Flossie Lewis is an active journalist at the age of 91, and despite being a cripple, she is still fully engaged in her life.  Her answers hold a perspective that is both moving and wise.

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This is a beautiful and inspiring expression of what the end of life can be. As the body wears out, there can still be inspiration. Creativity. Engagement. Flossie Lewis in her short interview gives lots of starting points for how the end of life experience can be enriched, taken seriously and valued. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/brief/179900/flossie-lewis

*FOR THOSE SUBMITTING TO THE CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS MISSION*

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Hi Melinda! I love that you shared this video. Flossie is so inspirational! I aspire to be as engaged and active as her not just in my old age, but every day! :) What a great reminder. 

There's really something to be said about learning valuable life lessons from our elders, and from those who are catastrophically ill and/or dying. Many of the greatest lessons I've learned in my experience as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse have been at the bedside of my patients - reminding me of what is truly important in life. Love, health, happiness, connecting with others. 

I love the use of videos, such as this one, and reflective stories as a source of inspiration to live a life without regret! How truly inspiring. Thanks so much for contributing to this challenge!