Hi, need to submit a 1250 words essay on the topic Ellis Book Paper Assignment.
The greatest thing one could draw from the examination of the lives of the centenarians is the lessons one can learn from their lives. One looking at life through their eyes gets to see the brevity of it all especially looking at Rochelle who suffers from dementia when she said, “My mind is going. I can sense it.” We get to learn to appreciate fully when all we have is nothing but our minds, souls and bodies. (Ellis, 2002)
Through the empathy that the writer shows to her interviewees, we get to see that their experiences touch you as an individual who is always trying to conform to a higher purpose, to be a better person. On further examination, you realize your life is similar if not exactly similar to other people’s lives. The only difference is that they may have lived at an earlier time, but both of your experiences are similar in nature. That is exactly what happens to the writer and she says “I was feeling the emotional states of the centenarians, losing my own state and taking on theirs. And I am beginning to think that the centenarians know about this intuitively. They know how important the connection with others is, because its harder for them to get it.