June 18 – Go Fishing Day – is a day that really hits home for me. Growing up, I was always on the water and figuring out how to catch those little green giants. I remember countless days waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, knowing I’d be going fishing with my grandfather. To me, there’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the sunrise over a smooth, glass lake. And, there’s no replacement for the meaningful life lessons I learned while on the water those cool, summer mornings.
Fast forward 20 years. My grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer and shortly after, he passed away. But he left a powerful gift – he purchased a small whole life insurance policy with specific guidelines. Rather than just passing money to the next generation, the benefit was to be used to fund a once-a-year fishing trip with my father and uncle.
This has been the most meaningful thing I’ve ever received from my grandfather. He found a way to protect the legacy that he learned from his father. Now every year when we go on our annual trip, we remember how important family and fishing were to him and how much of an impact they’ve made on our lives.
Many times, people look to life insurance for a way to keep the same standard of living for their family and forget that it can be used as tool to start a tradition, or to solidify the values and morals of your own legacy. Thanks to my grandfather, I’ll be out on the water today, thinking of him and the memories we had together. And, of course, I’ll be praying to the fish gods so I come home with a bountiful catch.
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