Cool Seniors Doing Cool Things


“In my head I’m still in my 20’s, and I have no intention of ever growing up,” claimed Tao Porchon-Lynch when she was 100 and still teaching yoga classes.

Wow! Can you match that? Or even come close? Stop making excuses. As Robin Sharma says, “Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” So tell those fears to take a back seat and start taking action – it’s never too late. The following list shows some pretty incredible things that people have done after 65:

• Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started KFC
• Benjamin Franklin was 70 when he signed the Declaration of Independence
• John Glenn was 77 when he orbited the earth (again!)
• William Shatner (James T Kirk from Star Trek) was 90 when he circled 107 km above the Earth
• Grandma Moses started painting at 76 with arthritic hands and went on to have her work exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
• Noah Webster was 70 when he finished his Dictionary of the English Language
• Nelson Mandela was 75 when he became President of South Africa (after suffering in prison for many years)
• Johanna Quass is 95 and still competing in gymnastics
• Tao Porchon-Lynch was 100 and still teaching Yoga classes
• Paul McCartney is 79 and just released a new music video

What about us “ordinary” people? My friend Eva Stelzer went tandem skydiving for the first time at 68. As for me, I started competitive ballroom dancing at the age of 61, having never done anything athletic in my life. (And yes, dancing is definitely athletic – done properly, you need to be seriously strong and fit and it makes your muscles hurt as much as a session with your trainer at the gym). And at 73, I just started ballet! My husband is still skiing at 75. Crazy, but wonderful!

What about you? Is there something you’re wishing you had done but haven’t yet? Get going. Take a moment and write down 3 things you think you’re too old for. Then pick one and go do it! There’s something unique and special that your special mix of skills and experience is dying to go forward with.

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