Growing up to 100 years without really being old. Think about it what is better than a long journey on planet earth, along with health and without all the negatives that age causes.
I am going to start by sharing a few stories of people which are true inspiration. The first one is about a woman – Ruth Flowers. She was 68 when suddenly she lost her husband. They were together more than 40 years. Ruth decided not to stay in their home where everything reminded her of her lost. Instead she decided to start a career as a DJ. When she shared that idea with her friends they decided that she went nuts affected by the recent loss. In 2009 she is already DJ-ing in elite clubs in London, Ibiza, New York, LA and Tokyo. She is famous for her DJ name Mamy Rock. She is gone on 27 of March 2014 at the age of 83.
The second is for a guy called Lloyd Kahn. At the age of 65 he decides that it is a good time to start skateboarding. He stood up on a board for the first time in his life. What happened next is he fell almost immediately and hurt himself. Most people would probably give up, but that’s not the case here. This is just a reminder for him to get the protective gear and jump on it again. He shares – “I don’t do any special tricks. I don’t ride like the teenagers,” “I try not to go too fast, so that I could always jump off and land on my feet. So, in my case, there’s nothing extreme about it, I just like to ride.” Lloyd has always found it important to do what he likes to and to live in harmony with himself and the world around him.
The third one is about Montserrat Mecho she is 78 years old. The first time she jumps out of a plane with a parachute is 41 – In that moment, Montserrat admits, she felt total bliss. Montserrat has also broken a few records in swimming. She is also a downhill-skier, a wind-surfer, and a diver. And, all this for the simple reason that extreme sports make her happy. In pursuing happiness, Montserrat continues to ascend into the sky, climb mountains, and submerge herself into the depths of the seas.
While I am writing these stories a question occurs. What keeps us healthy and happy while we go through life? Deep down we all know what is it that we need to do. We know what will make us happier, what will make us healthier, what will help us grow. We know exactly what we should be doing with our time, with our lives. Despite knowing all of that, we just don’t ACT on it. It just becomes one of those things that we talk about, dream about and obsess about, but it never makes it way into our reality.
The reason I shared those stories with you is that I find them to be fascinating, not only that, but they include bravery, ability to change, overcome and adapt. People say that at the age of 60+ those processes are a lot difficult than as we are young. I shared them in order for you to overthink your life. I mean the decision you make as a person every single day. Think about it each day we wake up in the same room and follow the same path – get up, dress up go to work, you know the drill. We already did that yesterday. Yet, each day is a new opportunity, new adventure, new people along the way. I want to inspire you to take control and pursue the things that are meaningful to you, truly, and make you happy. The time is now! Embrace change, try new things out, go out and experiment with yourself.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
There is no better moment then the present one. Because at the end that is all that matters.
Do not get me wrong everyone is individual some people love their jobs and this kind of life fits them – people have different interests, the point here is not to encourage you to become a DJ or Jump out of an airplane or even skateboard. It is not encouraging you to peruse someone else’s lifestyle, It is to awake that voice within you to live a happy and meaningful life.
I also like to remind you that life is more of a journey than a destination. It may sound cliché but that’s the way it is. Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you. Stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.
To conclude – you may ask how does youth has no age, when I am getting old my body does not act the same as it did before. I say youth is a state of mind. Youth is not a time of our life’s, it is more a state of mind, it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. Those people stories are the proof. I will end with a harsh but kind of true quote
“Some people die at 25 and are not buried until 75”.
So what are you waiting for, go out there, go to new places, meet new people, help strangers, smile for no reason. Experience life to the fullest!