Who inspires you? Is there a person in your life who keeps you feeling motivated? Can you think of someone from your past who pushed you to do something you didn’t want to do and that boost made an impact on your life? We can. I bet you can, too.
As seniors, staying active and living a life of adventure can appear to be difficult or impossible. A senior may wonder what more they can do. Can I become even more active and do more new things after moving and learning my whole life? The answer to that is: YES!
These six seniors have inspired us in more ways than one. They’ve inspired us to try, even when trying seems impossible. They’ve motivated us to push harder and never give up. These wonderful individuals have given us hope and, even if it seems small, a smile on our faces. To all of the inspirational seniors, keep kicking butt! You are amazing!
Harriett Thompson – On June 1, 2015, 92-year-old Harriett Thompson ran the San Diego Marathon in 7:24:36! This is absolutely incredible to say the least! Harriett, you are inspiring! Read more here: http://time.com/3902968/marathon-oldest-woman-harriette-thompson-cancer.
Sy Perlis – This gentleman holds a world weight lifting record at the age of 91. In 2013, he lifted 187.2 pounds over his chest to break the record from 2015. That’s just unheard of! Read more about Sy here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/14/elderly-man-breaks-weightlifting-record/2422467/.
Joanne McNaughton – At the age of 72, Joanne received her diploma. Joanne reminds us that it’s never too late to accomplish your goals, big or small! You can do it! More about her: http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/at-72-st-petersburg-grandmother-gets-her-ged/2137886.
Georgina Harwood – She lives a life of adventure at the age of 100. Georgina actively loves to skydive and shark dive. Can we say brave? More about Georgina’s story can be found here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/south-africa-georgina-harwood-100th-birthday-skydive/.
Jeannie Epper – At age 71 she is still an American stuntwoman and actress. She started doing stunts at age 9 and hasn’t stopped since! Keep living your dream, Jeannie! More about Epper can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=2996557.
Betty White – We can’t write an inspiring seniors article without mentioning this amazing comedian and actress! She just keeps making us laugh, cry and appreciate having her humor in our lives. Thank you, Betty, for never giving up on your art!
There are numerous inspirational seniors out there. You might be one yourself. To all of you, thank you for what you have given us. Your motivation has helped people from all over the world follow their dreams, take risks and stay active.
Take a moment today to thank someone in your life that has inspired you!
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