It's not hard to see why- my grandfather was a guy that touched a lot of people in a lot of positive ways. He was involved in so many things and always had a hand to help. He told stories, brightened people's days, and took risks that made for great memories. For example, once we were vacationing in the mountains and he saw a bear outside. Normal people would stay inside, hoping the bear would just go away. My grandfather ran outside and started hooting and hollering, and trying to get a picture of the bear.
Another example of the kind of man he was is that once a foreign family moved to his state from their home country. They didn't know a word of English, knew nothing about how to go about living in the United States, and had no points of contact. My grandfather didn't live near them, but he knew someone they knew in their home country, so they called him up. He apparently didn't understand a word they said, but he drove for hours to try to find them anyway. In the end he drove them everywhere they needed to go, helped with homework, helped with English, and overall just got them assimilated so that they could function as a family in America.
There are many more stories, but I won't bore you.
The point is that because of things like the above stories, the rows of the church at his memorial service were filled. And all of us
What this funeral taught me was:
1. People remember you if you are kind to them and help them in profound ways
2. People remember you if you are interesting.
3. It is always better to do things rather than sit down and play video games or watch TV
After hearing about what my grandfather did during his life I have some new goals. To help more people, to have more experiences, and to not spend so much time doing nothing. Or doing nothing alone.
I don’t even want to change so that people will remember me after I’m dead. I want to change because people will love me while I’m alive, just as they did my grandfather. He was a very influential and loved man, and I think his life was the fullest it could have possibly been.
It’s a different world now, one where you have to get yourself on a path long before you can achieve your goals. But I can still have fun. And I can still touch those around me. I can live up to my grandfather’s legacy.