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!
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.