“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Have you heard people say, “getting old sucks!” How does that make you feel? Like there’s no hope? That aging is what it is and that there’s nothing you can do about it? I know when I hear that, it bums me out! Especially in my profession, I come across people in their 50’s and 60’s who are so sick, bed ridden, or just overall have a poor quality of life. But just when I start to buy into that idea (which is a dumb idea by the way), I meet someone who inspires me. Someone who brings me back to reality and all that I believe in, which is this, “AGE IS JUST A NUMBER PEOPLE!” Lie about it if it makes you feel better, check a different box on a survey, do whatever you have to do to stop allowing these meaningless characters to have so much power over you!
I had the pleasure today of meeting an incredible man. For his privacy, we will call him Howard. I met Howard in the hospital. Howard is 85 years old. Let me tell you a little bit about this remarkable man. Howard was in the hospital because he broke his leg. He got hit by a car, riding his bike. You see, he rides his bike regularly for exercise. He also runs and swims! He told me he started when he was 39. He and his wife went on a ski trip with a few other couples, most of them were in their 20’s. Howard said they could hardly keep up. It was in that moment that he decided he needed to start exercising, and he’s been doing it almost everyday, ever since. By the way, a little background on Howard… he doesn’t take a single medication, doesn’t have any current conditions (other than his new broken leg), and no health history. When I asked him what his secret was, he just simply shrugged and said, “I’ve always done it. I started at 39 and never stopped!” When I asked him about his diet and his weight, he told me, he weighs the same as he did when he was 39 (which is a very healthy weight for him), and he “eats a pretty healthy diet. I’m not a fanatic about it or anything, but I do pretty good.”
This man has inspired me to paint a new picture for myself of what aging looks like and proves it does not have to suck! My ultimate goal: to be running marathons when I’m 85! (Just like the man in the picture above. You can read his story here.
Now that you’ve read Howard’s story, I’d like to ask you, what’s your ultimate goal with regards to your health? How do you see yourself when you’re 85? It’s never too late!
(This was not a rhetorical question by the way! I’d love for you to share your thoughts, inspirations and goals below.)