What do a blogger, a marathoner and parachuter have in common. Nothing necessarily, but in this case, they are all over 100 years old. But, we'll come back to them in just a bit :D
'In nine hundred years of time and space and I've never met anybody who wasn't important.'
Everyone is important and has a life to live and a gift to share with the world.
If you aren't sharing your gifts with us, what is stopping you? What is holding you back? Do you believe that you are not able?
If you feel that you can't dream big and achieve your big goals, then think again!! Eleanor Roosevelt says you should 'do one thing every day that scares you.' Life really is short, it's in the everyday that memories and acheivements are made little by little. As short as life is, there is still lots of time to do what you do best. Life is amazing and it's for living, whether you are young or only young at heart.
The idea of old age is changing. In the 90s, the cast of FRIENDS was teasing Ross about kissing the old lady librarian, who was 50 years old. Now, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Courntey Cox are redefining 50, along with many others! Think about it, if that 50 year old lives until she's 80 or more, that's 30 years! That's a long time she'll have to achieve her dreams! Just think of all the things that you've accomplished in the past 30 years... Life is for living!
Here are some amazingly inspiring stories:
Dorothy Custer parachuted off a bridge for her 102nd birthday.
Flo Meiler started track and field at 60 and now she's still winning medals in her 80s!
Olive Riley began a blog at 107 yeras old.
Buster Martin walked the 2008 London marathon at 101.
Jennifer Figge swam the Atlantic at 56 years old, the ATLANTIC!
If sports (extreme or not) aren't your thing, that's perfect! Not everyone was put on earth to jump off of a bridge. The thing is to find out why you were put here. What are you supposed to share with us? What do you want to do most in the world?
If you don't know what you'd like to do, if you don't know what your dreams are, then you can download my FREE Dream Printable that has lots of prompts that will help you figure it out. Just pop on over to this link to get it:
I recently made this Dream Spread for my planner, it's in my bullet journal so I can take a peek at it whenever I need a bit of inspiration. I wrote in some of my big dreams and left room for more when the inspiration strikes me.
Of course, not everyone grows old gracefully and stays spry and able to do amazing things, so in order to stay youthful, in mind and body, you need to take care of yourself and that starts now! Whether you are 18 or 80. There are two big factors that I see to keeping youthful and spry: eat right and move your body. Let's look at these two important things more closely:
This does not mean the latest health craze. Quinoa, smoothies and gluten free will go out of fashion just like Atkins and fat-free.
What you need to do is eat REAL food.
The closer a food is to nature, the better it is for you. Now, this doesn't mean that you have to eat raw wheat from the field, it simply means that you need to watch out for processed foods. This is really hard if you live in the States. EVERY thing comes in a box! I mean, I've even seen apples slices in the grocery store! What you don't realise is that they are covered in preservatives to keep them from going brown and those presevatives are not food. Most processed food is not food! They are full of chemicals plus, there's added sugar, salt and fat that you're body can't handle.
It doesn't mean that you can't have cookies, cake and all your favourites, it just means that you need to make them yourself. The lure of fast food is strong in the States and more and more in other countries. There's a burger joint on every corner, but if you can keep fast food and processed food to a minimum you'll be all set. You don't need to cut it out all together, just reduce it. Your body doesn't recognise the processed stuff and doesn't know what do do with it so it stores it as fat, making you gain weight and feel lethargic. And you can't chase your dreams if you don't have the energy or not even around to do the chasing!
Move your body!
I'm going to tell the story of 2 women I know, best friends from high school. I met them both when they were just turning 50 and were both about the same weight. One lady was walking on a regular basis and is still very active today, and she was worried about her friend who wasn't very active at all. A few years had gone by and the second lady started putting on weight, content to spend time at home watching TV. We were at a wedding once, when they were in their mid 50s, we were planning to walk from the church to reception with the first lady in our group, not a very long walk, maybe 20 minutes. The second lady decided to stay at a cafe near by, have a coffee and a piece of pie and take her car to the reception. This may seem like a little thing, I know I brushed it aside as a minor thing at the time. But after years full of little decisions like this, these two women are leading two very different lives today. They are 67 now, the first lady goes on hikes with her husband on a regular basis, walking all day sometimes. The second lady, needs a cane to walk and most times resorts to her wheelchair.
Taking care of your body not only allows you live a longer, healthier life, it also gives you the physical and mental stregnth needed to do all the things that you want to do with your life. Your dreams will keep you young in your heart!
'The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.'
What are you thinking out loud? What is your gift to the world?
Don't forget to download your Free Dream Prompt Printable!!