Andy Mackie, a retired horse trainer, had 9 heart surgeries. The resulting 15 prescriptions caused more problems than they were worth so he stopped taking them. That’s a lot of dough for a lot of drugs. So what did he do with the money he saved?
He figured he’d live for only about a month or so so he spent what time he had left doing what he loved. He bought a ton of harmonicas and started teaching kids how to play, for free.
A funny thing happened. He didn’t die.
The next month he bought more harmonicas, taught more kids.
Several more heart attacks, one more heart surgery, 11 years and 16,000 harmonicas later he’s still blowin’ the blues. When asked why he thinks he’s still here, he says he guesses heaven doesn’t need harmonica players.
Now that’s inspirational.
The image of Andy is by Jesse Joshua Watson, an artist from Washington. Check out this short video about a book he’s writing for children about Haiti.