Perfectly fair. Not my intention again, which is why I spoke to how others also live outside the lines. The article isn’t just about me- although we all write from our own experiences, and that gives us a basis. The most important takeaway is about not buying into conventional wisdom about what aging will bring us- and other articles that I’ve written will support that. The overarching piece is to decide to live a better life that far too many expect after a Certain Age- that decline and decrepitude aren’t inevitable. To your earlier point, hard work makes a huge difference. By no stretch do I expect others to do what I do- rather, what I would love to see is more people deciding on a BHAG (Big Hairy Ass Goal) at ANY age, then work towards it. Makes no difference what that goal is, OA, the important thing is that we make a goal and it uplifts us. My current BHAG is to climb Mt. Kenya this November, about which I am simply exuberant.
Aging is inevitable. Death is inevitable. My argument is that I consistently see so very many people past sixty living such extraordinary lives that I am moved, motivated and energized.
I appreciate your response, and again, recognize that we all hear and feel others writing in unique ways. My choice of lifestyle is hardly for everyone (and thank god because it sure would be crowded where I go to get away). What does make a difference is to decide to challenge our challenges and see how they can invite us to find the extraordinary spirit that lives within us all, at every age.
Thanks for your kind comments, I do appreciate them. BTW, the largest group of people doing adventure travel (and this is from a study by the Adventure Travel and Trade Association) are those of us between 50- and 70+. That just tickles me pink. While most may not climb Mt. Kenya, many would be surprised at how many do. Those people just knock me out. As does anyone who uses yoga to solve a scoliosis problem, exercise to get back on their feet, or a big goal to drop a lot of weight and give themselves a new lease on life. This to me is how we deny the CV about aging and write our own novels.
Again, I wish you the best. Now I am off to run in the early dawn. Please kindly have a lovely day.