Yesterday morning began in Jacksonville, Florida at the 2015 USATF Masters Track & Field National Championships.
So many older Americans there embrace thriving regardless of negative, aging stereotypes.
Twelve hours later, back home at Disney, we went to dinner at Epcot. The contrast between the physical vibrancy at the track meet and the overwhelming lack of it at the theme park was literally sickening unhealthy.
Sorry to be so honest.
Follow the Herd, or follow the Movement.
The movement is authenticity.
Being authentic to our deepest desires, one of which is to live (physically) vibrantly.
Roger Bannister, the first human to run one mile in less than four-minutes, said:
“I sometimes think that running has given me a glimpse of the greatest freedom a man can ever know, because it results in the simultaneous liberation of both the mind and body….. The runner does not know how or why he runs. He only knows that he must run….. We run, not because it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves”. — 1956
Prior to 1956, people said running under four-minutes was essentially impossible for the human body to withstand. There were others, like Roger Bannister, who knew it was inevitable.
Simply a matter of time before the impossible becomes possible, and then, before you know it, the impossible becomes business as usual.
Sometimes, I think certain things are impossible at mid-life.
Then I think about people like Roger Bannister.
And then I start to wonder when it will simply be, business as usual.
Make it a GREAT day, and may all your impossible dreams come true. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂
Hey, thanks for reading Mid Life Celebration. Your time is very important to you.
Heck, mine is too.
And I devote a fair piece of it to Mid Life Celebration.
Because it makes me feel like I’m helping some of you mid-life folks find a home where you can come to for a gentle push or pull.
Finding people who care is a challenge. Sometimes, that’s all that’s missing. We just need someone to tell us not to give up. Someone to tell us there is work to be done and we ought to do our fair share.
Someone to remind us that although we may feel like in this world, we are just one person, to another person, we may just be the world to them.
We all know what should be done. But the hard part is actually doing it.
I’ve always liked people who pushed me to be a better person.
Hope you like those kinds of people too. There aren’t too many of them, but they’re out there.