LANE | The Long Inspiring Life of Vaughn Stevens
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's an inspiration to me and anybody who sees his daily workout routine. Having seen the good and bad life has to offer, Vaughn M. Stevens has chosen to live, one day, one moment at a time.
"My philosophy is the same as my mother's," said Stevens. "Treasure every moment. If you do not treasure every moment it doesn't become a memory because you're thinking about something else and it's happening right now."
Stevens has some memories. Born on Friday the 13th in March of 1921 in Austin, Minnesota, the 94-year-old Stevens lived through the Great Depression and served in World War II as a signal-man in the Merchant Marine. He saw the world, having been to every continent but Antarctica. He also saw death and destruction. He was there on D-Day and in Iwo Jima when the bombs were dropped.
Stevens used the GI Bill to get his education. A Bachelor's, a Master's and a Doctorate and a life educating, eventually as a grade school Principal in Louisville, the kind that remembers all the kid's names.
He's outlived two wives, his one son and all of his close friends. But still he perseveres.
"The most important thing is to remain positive," said Stevens. When you have deaths and so forth like I have, you have a choice. You can pine away or you can deal with it. You have to learn to deal with it. I live one moment at a time and I won't be alive if I don't treasure that moment."
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