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Getting Old Doesn’t Have to Mean Slowing Down
My elderly parents are role models to me. I’m 43 years old and at 72 and 71 years old, I mention them to people and say how proud I am that my Mom and a Dad are in better shape than I am physically, and how they are living a full and active life.
They are also busy and “on the go” keeping a very active social calendar in their day-to-day life. They don’t let their age define who they are and what they do!
For the last 20+ years, my parents spend most summers on their 32 foot power boat. It’s just the two of them, traveling through the Pacific Northwest waters in Washington state and into Canada. Every once in awhile, they set off to boat from their hometown of Bellingham, Washington all the way up to Alaska. This year, they are traveling to Alaska and due to the extensive distance, they may make this their last trip into Alaskan waters. They are going out with a “Big Bang” with a carefully thought out and plotted plan to go take 4 months and make their way to Alaska and back.
They are both experienced boaters and key members of a local Power Squadron, so they know what they are doing and what they need to do to be safe and able to enjoy their boating adventures to the fullest.
My Dad has been the Commander of a local Sail and Power Squadron and he enjoys putting on boating seminars. His passion is teaching others how to get the most out of boating, fishing and navigating the beautiful waters where they live, as well as, sharing information on all of the wonderful places they have visited each summer on their boating adventures.
I see them as being so brave and strong both individually and as a couple. They are really great role models in many ways and they compliment each other’s strengths and weakness. This year they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary as well!
My folks keep busy with healthy activities like going dancing at the local American legion on a weekly basis, my Dad still skis, and they go hiking together too. My Mom keeps busy baking, knitting, sewing, volunteering at a local thrift shop, working a part-time job that she enjoys and so much more. Together they have many friends and enjoy getting out and doing social activities often, not to mention that they have 7 grandchildren that help keep them young.
Thankfully they are both blessed with good health and they work diligently to keep it!
I wanted to share this inspirational story with you because not only do they deserve kudos and a big pat on the back, but my hope is that in being able to share their story, it might help motivate and inspire other older folks.
We are a product of what we do with our lives and the choices we make. My parents are great examples of how you can still safely take risks in your life while you are retired and in your 70’s, while living an exciting full life!
I’ve asked them what their secret is and what they’d like to tell other people who may be struggling with finding and living a vibrant life that you love, no matter how old you are and this is what they said “Keep active, enjoy family and friends, love the life you lead!”