I was feeling a little philosophical as I scoured the news items one morning, and came across one on Olivia Hooker who died, aged 103 years old in November 2018.
During her remarkable life she witnessed, as a six year old, the 1921 Tulsa race riot, she was the the first African-American woman to join the US Coast Guard, she worked as a professor at New York’s Fordham University from the 1960s, in 1997 was a founding member of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, and she took up volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary aged 95.
When asked what kept her going, she said:
“It’s not about you, or me. It’s about what we can give to this world.”
Wonderful. I remained appropriately philosophical for the rest of the day.