Since I wrote about Mavis Lindgren the 90 year old marathon runner, I have been told of many instances of older folks competing in marathons and one woman Ernestine Shepherd who is a 74 year old body builder. I am completely ‘blown away’ at what these women do with the ‘best years of their lives’. And it’s not only women.
Tatsuo Okawara was the oldest finisher from Japan in the December 9th,
2007 Honolulu Marathon. At 90 years old, he completed the 42.19 kilometers
(26.2 mile) course in 8 hours, 11 minutes. And Buster Martin at age 101 while still working as a plumber in London, trained for the London Marathon in 2008. He also planned to walk the Appalachian Trail. See details of that journey here.
What amazing people and they certainly show us that if you keep using your body and mind through exercise then just about anything is possible.
I often talk to my clients about creating an Attitude of Gratitude. My children have been brought up knowing that we have to give thanks for what we have and I trust that they are passing that on to their children.
And even if we lose everything, we still have plenty for which to be grateful. We are fortunate to live in New Zealand surely one of the best and safest places in the world; although we have had a major earthquake recently that has set us all back a little, but on the whole we live without major disaster looming over us.
So can I suggest that we all look to these ‘older’ examples of how to live our lives and always remember to say thanks for what we have.