Congratulations on Your Life!
Have you become an old grump? “No, no don’t do that!” “You’ll get hurt if you do that!” “Stop that foolishness!” “Act like an adult!” “I’m too old for that!” “I can’t do that any longer!” Do you find yourself saying these things to yourself or others? Why? When did you suddenly cross the line, where you became too old to take on new challenges? Could it be a matter of attitude?
Have you have heard of Ernestine Shepherd? She is one of the most amazing women in the World! At the age of 56 she started lifting weights. At 77 years of age she was the oldest female bodybuilder in the world and a champion! Noted in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. Edith Wilma Conner currently holds the title.
How about 81 year old Ted Brown of the United Kingdom, he’s still competing in power lifting competitions and holds 27 titles. How about 64 year old Susan Vieira, she was given the gift of a second chance at life when Kristina Chesterman was killed by a drunk driver. Chesterman gave Vieira her heart. Vieira plans to do everything that was on Chesterman’s bucket list during her life time. When we talk about feats of older people we can’t leave out the name of Jack LaLanne. Jack was an amazing man who was doing great feats in his golden years. The facts are that there are many older people doing great things later and later in life. Sure you always put safety first; we don’t want to see anyone get injured. Older people are more open-minded, taking calculated risks to enjoy things they like to do later in life.
Getting childlike again is also about the way people think. It’s about being open-minded to new things, and being willing to learn new skills, crafts, and hobbies at any age. It’s about enjoying new forms of entertainment, and the wonder in the simple things in life. Maybe doing things for the right reason, not just because of money or politics, but because a person feels good about it. Maybe you need a reason, or maybe for no reason at all.
Maybe you can dance in the rain instead of worrying about getting wet, or roll around in the mud and feel it gush between your toes, and not care how dirty you get. Maybe you go to an open-mic night and sing or tell jokes, read poetry, or prose? The point is you’re not afraid and you don’t care what anyone thinks. You are doing all these things for yourself! Just have fun, enjoy yourself and have a good laugh!
See the wonder of the world! Meet new people and new cultures. Read more books, listen to new music, poetry, and visit art museums. Learn to appreciate some of the finer things in life. Invite a stranger to dinner. Serve food at a soup kitchen, volunteer at a shelter. Don’t just exist, but really live. Leave no stone unturned. Someday it will be too late. Don’t have any regrets. “I wish I had done this, or I wish I had done that!” It’s better to try something new and fail then to never try.
The main thing is that you are happy with your life. I pray that you are happy and healthy. God bless you and keep you safe as you go off sky diving, cliff jumping, parachuting out of planes, listening to Beethoven’s 5th, reading Shakespeare or Dickinson, Frost or Poe, enjoying Dali or Degas, visiting Rome or Bermuda, eating at the soup kitchen with the mayor, after you collect your award at age eighty eight for the movie you made, or the book that you penned, or that invention you came up with. Congratulations on your life! Just being you is good enough! –RevKev ©2014