I had the distinct pleasure to conduct an oral history with an Lu McCarney. When I first met her, she grabbed me, gave me a hug and immediately started talking like we were old friends who had known each other for many years. She had many interesting stories and pieces of wisdom to share.
Of all the advice that she gave me, the piece that most resonated with me was that stress should never dominate a person’s life and it should never be allowed to claim one’s happiness. Sadness, misfortune, even having a bad hand dealt to you in life should never be at the forefront of your mind, rather “life is too fantastic” to allow you to ruminate on such things. There is way too much out there to explore and enjoy, and there is simply not enough time to dwell on these. Through the life which Lu described to me, she has obviously made this an important tenet in her life.
Lu has lived quite a life, and it was amazing to hear glimpses of it. From life in Mexico to the United States, she has always found room for adventure and for new experiences. I hope to convey her warmth and spirit through this oral history.