Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Don't Tell Me You're Too Old

I have no patience with people telling me they're too old to exercise. It's just another excuse.

If you haven't exercised in years (or ever), of course, you don't want to go crazy but there's no reason that age itself should ever be an excuse to be sedentary.

Body & Soul's oldest member is 93. Annie comes in to exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. I'd post her picture but I didn't ask her so I won't.

Three yeras ago, Ardell Lien, then 71, became the first heart and kidney recipient to solo circumnavigate the world. He sailed around the world by himself promoting organ transplants.

Barbra Streisand's Love Is The Answer CD recently entered The Billboard 200 at #1.

#1. Yes, Barbra Streisand's album is #1. Not Mariah Carey, not Jay-Z, not Paramore, not Pearl Jam, not Alice In Chains. Barbra Streisand.

You don't have to be a fan or like her music to appreciate the accomplishment.

Streisand is 67 years old. Bob Dylan had a #1 album on The Billboard 200 a week before he turned 68 and Neil Diamond also scored a #1 album when he was 67.

No one would have faulted Ardell for taking it easy as a 71 year old double transplant recipient.

The singers above could be sitting at home complaining about how unfair the record business is and hard it is for them to get air play nowadays. They could just sit home and count their money but they don't.

They all appreciate their talents and blessings and continue to use them. A functioning body is a blessing even if it's not functioning as well as you'd like. Appreciate what you've got and work to improve.

There's no such thing as "too old."

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