Two women celebrate their 70th Birthday. They both feel very different about this milestone. One ‘knows’ that her best days are behind her and that life is drawing to a close. After being alive for seven decades, her body is starting to break down and she needs to prepare for her final few, restful, years.
The other woman figures that what a person is actually capable of, at any age, depends much more on her beliefs and she believes there’s more fuel in the tank. She’s always been interested in mountaineering and decides, if not now then when?! For the next twenty years she devotes herself to this passion, climbing some of the highest peaks in the world.
At 91, Hulda Crooks became the oldest woman to scale Mount Fiji.
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January is over which I think is kind of a shame. There’s an ambition in January; a sense of possibility and enthusiasm as you reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the new one. As you move into February it gets colder and maintaining energy can be challenging. If you do anything this week, I would encourage two things. The first is to take time to write down what made you happiest last year, this month even, and then how you can take that forward into this next month. Often the things which make you happiest require a bit of concerted effort – even if inadvertently – and remembering the reward can help you maintain momentum.
The second is to start a gratitude journal. Remembering what you have is an overlooked secret of success. It encourages you to think about what it took to gain what you have, what’s truly important and how to have more of what you want. ‘Journal’ sounds hard work but it can be as simple as jotting down one thing you’re grateful for before bed. Emma Watson and Oprah both do this and it’s working out OK for them.
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“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” – Dr. Seuss