Living is not reserved for the young. The marketers may pitch the line, once you have punched out of your 20's it is a slow decent to the grave. Just because it is pitched doesn't mean we have to buy it.
Strength and quicker hangover recovery time were nice; however living a few more years, installing some gray hair with a touch of wisdom has improved my view of the world.
Last weekend I attended a Spartan Sprint. Interspersed among the 20 and 30-year-old participants, were plenty of seniors in fantastic shape, gett'n after it. Pushing their bodies to run, push, pull, throw and scramble through the battery of obstacles.
Model Carmen Dell’Orefice continues to rock the runway at 82. Philippe Dumas kicked off his modeling career at 60 when he decided to grow a beard. At 41, Oksana Chusovitina just completed her 7th Olympics and hadn't ruled out an 8th. Brazilian soccer star, Ronaldo, looks like he will be playing into his 40s. Elite marathoners peak at 29, before running into their 30s.
The boundaries of age continue to tumble for those looking to push themselves. This bodes well for those of us out of our 20s. We are more readily accepted into the active communities in our neighborhoods without being questioned if we are here to pick-up our children or grand-children.
The gray hair, frees us to push ourselves to achieve our goals on our terms because we are going rouge and don't belong. The young don't know what to do with us other than cheer. Go inspire them to cheer loudly.