Monday, November 10, 2014

Birthday Countdown: Day 3 ~ Age Is Only A Number

Three more days and I will be another year older. Am I afraid of growing old? Honestly, yes I am. I always think that growing old means being dead soon. That was until I came across a Facebook page called Growing Bolder. I view this page every time I am online. I draw inspiration from it and somehow, it has helped me overcome my anxiety.

Please allow me to share some inspirational photos from this great resource.

This is Ida Keeling, a 99 year old woman from New York. She recently won the 100 meter race for the 95-99 age group, clocking in at 59.8 seconds. Impressive!

Ardith Bruce still rides the horse and participates in barrel racing at 84 years old. Afflicted with arthritis, which makes it difficult for her to swing her legs to mount the horse, Ardith does what she loves and continues to race.

To finish an Ironman World Championship is impressive enough, so much more if you did so at age 79! Harriet Anderson is the oldest female to accomplish this very difficult competition.

Dr. Charles Eugster is a retired dentist. He decided to take on a sport when he noticed he was getting fat and losing muscle tone. He was 85 years old when he started rowing. Now, at 94, Dr. Eugster is a World Masters Rowing Champion.

Barry McGuigan has not given up his love for surfing. Still actively competing at age 85, Barry is a pillar of strength, not even having Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma has stopped this man from riding the waves in his native Sydney, Australia.

Of extreme significance for us bloggers, here is Ruth Hamilton. She is the oldest blogger in the world. At 109 years old, she imparts valuable life lessons through her videos. You can view one of her videos she shared with Growing Bolder here. (The picture above is a video grab). 

Reading about the accomplishments of these people I mentioned has given me a whole lot of inspiration that is never too late to jump start my life and make the most of every day. 

Three days before my birthday, I have to confidence to say, "If they can do it, so can I!"

Suggested Reading: 
Rockstars of Aging -
Growing Bolder Magazine - 


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