5 Remarkable Spirits and Their Lively Quotes About Old Age
Nowadays, we think of aging as an intimidating, unavoidable side of life. It is something we have to resign ourselves to rather than look forward to. I’m here to change that way of thinking. Let’s look at five individuals who took old age to the next level and dared to inspire others to do so as well. Hopefully, after reading this, you will start to look at your golden years with hope and maybe even excitement for all the awesome opportunities it brings to the table.
Thought-provoking examples of amazing people and their fabulous quotes about old age
1. Charles Eugster
The author of the book ‘Age is Just a Number,’ died at the age of 97, on the 27th of April, 2017. He left behind an impressive repertoire of achievements and world records in athletics. The book he left behind is both impressive and inspirational. It is full of quotes about old age anyone can use to shift their views on aging. Successful aging is not a foreign concept for Dr. Eugster, who breaks down the process and explains exactly what we must understand and implement into our lives in order to achieve successful aging.
According to Charles Eugster, successful aging is not only possible but amazingly simple to attain. All the necessary steps can be summed up as follows:
- – work
- – diet
- – exercise
Leading by example, he has inspired people worldwide to accept and transform their thinking about old age with his motto “you are never too old to try something new.”
“I have confused illness with the process of aging, which can be thoroughly healthy. Illness is not a necessary pay of aging!” Charles Eugster
2. Barbara Hillary
Age represented no problem for Barbara Hillary either. She was 75 when she reached the North Pole. And she did not even stop there. She went on to also reach the South Pole 4 years later. Thus becoming the first African-American woman in history to reach both poles.
Powered by her determination, this adventurer is great at reminding us that age is just a number. Quotes she left behind include this straightforward inquiry: “Wouldn’t it be better to die doing something interesting than to drop dead in an office and the last thing you see is someone you don’t like?”
And because she believed that “fear makes you more alert, more astute, more careful,” she was literally capable of standing on top of the world. Her life philosophy, which is mirrored by her actions in life: “If you want something in this world you get off your ass and work for it.”
3. Jim Carrey
Who better to remind us that age is just a number than Jim Carrey? Even though he’s currently only 55 years old, his life is a lovely example to look at for inspiration.
You would expect this famous comedian to have some funny old age quotes, up his sleeve. Instead, the famous actor prefers to talk about life, from the perspective of his own spirituality.
“Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you” he stated in an inspirational speech to 2014 graduates from Maharishi University of Management. Other excellent exerts from the same speech are equally, if not more motivating.
“You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world, (…) you will only have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”
“My soul is not contained within the limits of my body, my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.”
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
He ends on an inspirational and considerably encouraging note with the encouragement to “Relax and dream up a good life!”
4. Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall died at the age of 98. His life was a wonderful inspiration to behold. He was a passionate artist who experimented with virtually every artistic format, from painting, tapestries and stained glass, to ceramic, fine art prints, and stage sets. What is considerably impressive about this artist is his passion for his craft that lasted until the very moment his life ended. When he was 90 years old, Chagall became the first living artist whose work was put on display at the Louvre.
“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
“Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.”
5. Man Kaur
Man Kaur from India is 101 years old. She won her first gold medal in the 100 meters at the World Masters Games 2017 track and field.
She started running at the impressive age of 94. Her positive energy is contagious and her determination is awe-inspiring. Man Kaur says she will never give up as long as she lives and that she will keep participating in track and field games in the future.
These inspiring individuals and their quotes about old age were enough to get me thinking. We are only as happy as we choose to be and this is a direct result of the perspective we view life from. Let’s shift to a more positive one and watch the results unfold.
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