It can be through observation or when they interacted with you.
Please try sharing positive influences that they have had on your lives. :)
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I just find amusement in the elder people, I've learned lots and lots from old people, here are the things I learned:
1- If you're young, go and do stuff you love, stuff you like and do your hobbies and make your dreams come true, cause when you're older you're weak and you don't have as much energy and free time as you were when you were younger -- The only time is now.
2- Be kind to everyone, it doesn't matter who, just be kind to everyone and show them your best side, cause what ever you'll do, will come back to you.
3- Don't worry too much, and take it easy. There are many other stuff you should make your mind busy with. (Now, usually really old people are not worried too much, they are just re-living their life, their past, and their memories. There is so much on an elder's mind.)
4- Life is beautiful, trust me, there's so much out there for you to discover, so much adventures waiting for you to explore, and so much stuff for you to do, so do them now, rather than never.
5- To wrap it all up, be a good person, do good things, do things you like, if life hits you down, get up!
-- Haha, sounds like me by the way.