At some point in our lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. We are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything we would like to see happen to us in our lives. But, as time passes, most of us are convinced that it will be impossible for us to realize our destiny, so we give up on our dreams. I see and hear people say; “if I was younger maybe I would I have done that”. “I cannot go back to school because I am too old”. “If I didn’t succeed whe I was younger and full of vigour, is it now that I am old?” “I am too old to do this or that. How would people look at me?”
Do you also think that way? Do you believe you are too old to achieve your dreams? You are too old to find love? To become rich? You are never too old to do anything folks.
Let the stories of these four people I found in Reader’s Digest inspire you to wake up and dream. Wake up and fulfil your purpose or heart desires. At an age where most people are preparing to die, or living in regrets of having wasted their lives, these four people dared to dream, to defy age and achieve their dreams.
If they can do it, in spite of all the odds, surely you can!
Faujah Sing: Marathon Man
In February 2013, Faujah Sing became the oldest person to run a marathon at age 101, completing a 6.25 kilometer race in Hong Kong in one hour, 32 minutes, and 28 seconds. Astonishingly, Sing only came to racing at age 89 after losing his wife and son, but has since completed eight competitive races.
Min Bahadur Sherchan: Peace Maker
Min Bahadur Sherchan is the oldest person to reach the world’s highest peak, climbing Mt. Everest at the age of 76. Sherchan scaled the 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) mountain in May 2008 and at age 81, still holds the Guinness World Record for his accomplishment. Says Sherchan, “My main objective for climbing Everest was for world peace. I was determined to either climb the peak or die trying.”
Ida Keeling: Record Breaker
In 2012, 97-year old Ida Keeling set a record for the 100 Meter Sprint at the USA Track and Field Eastern Regional Open Championships. She finished the race at 51.85 seconds, beating the previous record of 59.9 seconds for the 90 and over age category. Keeling took up running at age 67 after several personal tragedies in her life, including the death of her husband and two of her sons.
Nola Ochs: A great-grandma earns a master’s
The average college student spends four and a half years earning a bachelor’s degree, but Nola Ochs is far from average. She took her first class at Kansas’ Fort Hays State University in 1930—and wound up receiving her diploma 77 years later at age 95. The widowed great-grandmother of 15 even moved from her farm to an on-campus apartment in order to complete her last 30 hours of history and art classes. Even then Ochs, who has said she “just like[s] to study and learn,” wasn’t done. In 2010, the 98-year-old passed her final exams, turned in a 50-page research paper, and qualified for a master’s degree as well.
“People who win are people with character. A person with character is someone who follows through on a decision long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” – Kevin Trudeau