I (Andrea) have heard over and over again, “why do I have to learn that? I’ll never use it in real life.” This phrase is especially true of every highschooler out there. (I’m sure I even said it a few times as I was growing up!)
Knowledge is an amazing thing. You acquire it - sometimes without even knowing - and a lot it is just sitting there in your head, waiting to be used. But it’s important that it’s there. You will use it, someday.
You’ve heard of the Heimlich Maneuver, right? That’s where you apply pressure to a choking person’s abdomen in order to help clear their airway. I’ll bet you didn’t know that Dr. Henry Heimlich, the creator of the maneuver, was still alive. (I didn’t!) He’s 96, and he lives in a senior living community in Ohio. But that’s not that cool part.
The cool part is that, just a few weeks ago, Dr. Heimlich actually had to perform his maneuver on a choking diner seated next to him.
For over 40 years he had been telling people about the maneuver, and had demonstrated numerous times, but this was “the big one.” This time he actually had to perform it on an actual choking victim.
So I want you to start your day today (and every day) soaking up knowledge. Learn something. Each time. All the time. It’s important. You may not use it today or tomorrow. Or not even this decade. But someday, when it’s needed, you’ll be there and you’ll be able to help.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.