Friday’s Food For Thought – Six people I want to be like when I grow old(er) ~

My granddaughter can’t wait for her 9th birthday.  Why?  Because it’s closer to the magic age of 13. That is apparently when life gets good.  Older is better.  Or so she thinks right now.

Her comment got me thinking.  Isn’t it true that at every age we look to those ahead of us for inspiration.  Maybe like my granddaughter, we think they’re cool.  We want what they’re having.  Perhaps we just want to know their secret to success.  I’ve become obsessed with people in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s who are still going strong, still grabbing the gusto and still sucking the joy out of every moment.  They are my inspiration and my role models for living juicy in my own golden years.  Hearing their stories makes me sit up a little straighter, eat a little better, try a little harder.   They’re everywhere, these models of aging with grace and gusto.  I’d just never noticed them until now.  Timing is everything.

Inspiration is close to home and its name is Don.  At 81, he is the human incarnation of the Energizer Bunny.  He owns a vineyard and works the land.  He’s a handsome devil, too.  Last month Don left his wife at home and flew to Africa to check one more adventure off his Bucket List.  Yes, he visited the wineries; but this trip was a three week camping photo-safari.  Sleeping in a tent.  On the ground.  In 100 degree heat.  He (mostly) loved every minute.   One of the highlights?  Bungee jumping in Zimbabwe!  Who wouldn’t get excited about jumping off a very high tower with your feet tied together?  Well…me for one.  And his wife.  But Don just stepped out into the unknown and soared!

Don flying high in Zimbabwe

Don flying high in Zimbabwe

Meet five more amazing role models ~ (click on their name to read more and see the video)

 Yoga instructor and ballroom dance champion Tao Porchon-Lynch is my hero!  She still teaches several yoga classes every week and can do poses I could never do.  This video was taken on her 92nd birthday.  She’s had a couple more since then and as far as I know, she’s still tearing up the dance floor.

Through rain and snow and sleet and hail, 91 year old  Morris Wilkinson has been delivering the mail for over 70 years.

Canadian Olga Kotelko – A 94 year old super-great grandmother and winner of 400 gold medals will step up to the plate in 2013 at the World Masters Games in Turin, Italy.

Here’s 81 year old triathlete Lew Hollander crossing the finish line at the 2012 Ironman in Kona, Hawaii.

Forrest and Rose Lunsway met at a senior dance and have been “dating” for thirty years.  They married on his 100th birthday and then danced the night away.

The only failure is to grow old and not to have tried what you really wanted to do.               ~ Beatrice Cohen

Have a fun and fabulous weekend.


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8 thoughts on “Friday’s Food For Thought – Six people I want to be like when I grow old(er) ~

  1. See now I see nothing wrong with doing yoga at 90 or doing an ironman at 81 but geez-louise! Choosing to risk life and limb ? Well….sigh…I have mixed feelings about that!

  2. I too love inspiring stores of folks living actively in their “golden” years! Since I have some time before I’m there, I think I’m looking for ideas on what I can do NOW to have that happen later! My great-aunt Jeanne has always been an inspiration to me. She is 85, and still out there skiing, hiking, biking, gardening, volunteering, and travelling the world.

    • Your great aunt Jeanne sounds like a true inspiration! I agree wholeheartedly about being mindful of how we are living now so we can continue to adventure our way through this life for a long time to come. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment.

  3. Ah, thanks for the memories. I have a friend, Bob Scott, who is 82. Last summer he won his age group in four half-Ironmans and came close to completing the full Ironman. I will be watching to see what he does this year.
    Congratulations to Lew. What an inspiration!
    Information such as what is in this post is what I’d like to see on the national news!

    • Hi Susan, Thanks for sharing Bob’s inspiring story. We have so many inspiring role models. I appreciate hearing the can do stories and agree completely about the news. Cheers to Bob!

  4. If you do what you love, you can keep at it forever.
    Glad to know you are on an adventure. You are an inspiration to some of us too

    • Hello Ellen. How lovely to see your name pop up. Thank you for leaving a comment. I hope you are living your own adventure these days as well. Are you still speaking? I took away so many great ideas from your “happiness” presentation that I still use.

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