January 23, 2020

Aging is a natural process that restrains you from being physically strong and having the stamina. However, many of us will take it as an excuse from being an active person. If you also think so, you should read these 3 real stories about elderly people with amazing accomplishments that even young people hardly achieve. 

Harriette Thompson from Charlotte, North California, US

While finishing the marathon line is not something that everyone even at young age can achieve, Harriette decided to run marathon every year since the age of 76. She had been running until she was 92 years-old in 2015, when she became the oldest woman to run a marathon. She finished 26.2 miles in 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 secondsin a Marathon in San Diego. Sadly, she died 2 years later, but her accomplishments had been such an inspiring story to spread the world. 

Yuichiro Miura from Japan

Growing old doesn't stop Miura from climbing mountains. He liked to reach the summit of Mount Everest and he did, not only one time, but 3 times since he was at age 70. The third time he conquered Mount Everest was when he was 80 years-old in 2014 and he became the oldest person to reach the top of the world. He didn't want to stop there yet, because he still wanted to make it again at 90. 

Rosie Swale-Pope from Britain

At the age of 73, Rosie is taking a run of 6,000 miles from Brighton all the way to Kathmandu in Nepal in support of PHASE worldwide, an organization that support projects in health, education, and livelihoods in Nepal. Rosie's journey started from July 2018 and by this time when this is written, she has reached Turkey.  And surprisingly, this is not her first time...

From 2003 to 2008, Rosie completed a five-year run-around-the-world, running 20,000 miles to raise awareness for the early diagnosis of cancer, and to raise funds for an orphanage in Kitezh, Russia. She is the only person in the world to have completed this solo challenge unsupported, carrying all her belongings in her cart behind her.

To Sum Up

To everyone of us that get to know about these real life stories, we probably should stop blaming on aging. Everyone can do what they really aim for no matter how old they are. What about yourself? Let's stop making any excuses or any negative thinking about aging. Be more active so that you can have a fulfilled and healthy life.