And you think you are old........
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
There was an article on the news last night about a man who is 90 years old and was feeling bad because he had to pull out of a marathon after "only 12 miles!"
My lands, if I had gone even half that far I would have thought I had accomplished something really spectacular! If I even go 5 miles I think I am pretty cool!
This man has been in 744 marathons and feels he has at least one more 26 mile marathon in him. He is 90 years old!!
He has a marathon buddy who is 79 and has been in 965 marathons. This buddy is no longer able because of health reasons to compete, but the other man continues to visit him once a week. They do not sit around and have a pity party for the disabled man, but rather discuss race routes and strategies. The disabled man does not resent that his buddy is still able to do marathons, but rather encourages him on.
The 90 year old man said he is not very fast and usually finishes last, but that doesn't stop him from entering the race.
Don't you just love this story? And can't we take a lot of lessons from it?
It is hard to age gracefully.
It is hard to admit that things that were once easy are harder or impossible to do. We can give up or get up.
We can use age as an excuse to not do something and limit ourselves, or we can do the best we can and enjoy the experience. Just like the 90 year old man, how do we know what we can do if we don't even try. We might have one more marathon in us. He says now he runs for his friend too.
We may not finish first in the race, but we can finish and be proud and happy about it. We can sit around and feel sorry for ourselves or we can talk about the possibilities that are before us and reach for encouragement from our friends.
I just loved this story of 2 fellow marathon participants who know the full meaning of effort, enjoyment, support and encouragement.
I am not a marathon runner, nor ever will be, but I can take this positive attitude into my marathon for a healthier life style.
The I can do attitude.
The don't give up, I will finish this attitude.
The support your buddy attitude.
The unselfish 'I am thinking of you ' attitude.
I can develop an attitude of gratitude for each day and year I am given.