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I Can Do That!

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re probably right.”
                                                                                                   Henry Ford

How often have you heard someone say I can’t, or how often have you said I can’t? Do you say I can’t because of your age or do you really believe you can’t? Has society convinced you that you’re too old to be an active senior citizen?

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of people suggesting that I’m too old to do many of the things that I’ve done recently or the things I have on my bucket list.

Somewhere down through time it seems Americans have decided that after the age of 50 people are too old to be active and that’s just not true. We seniors are not disposable or throwaway citizens. We don’t need to be coddled and made to sit quietly in a corner and wait for God.

There are many active seniors but not nearly enough are out there representing us. There are way too many who have been convinced that they can’t be active.

When you think you can’t do a certain exercise stop and figure out what exercise you can do and start doing it. If you stay with it you’ll get better at it and eventually you’ll be able to move on to other exercises. Whatever the exercise do it and don’t worry about what others think.

I’m telling you that if you believe in yourself you’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of doing. And if you continue working at it, you’ll find that inner person you forgot about years ago.

I worked at it and I’ve done things I use to dream of and say “if only” not thinking it was within my grasp. Then one day I decided to say “yes I can” and I’ve changed and enhanced my life.

Since the age of 62 I’ve trained in Jiu Jitsu and competed in matches and won medals.

Then I moved on and trained in mixed martial arts. And because of that as an older police officer I’ve held my own in the streets and surprised some surfers when they decided the old cop would be easy to take down. They went to the hospital and then to jail.

I decided to train and enter in triathlons and so far I’ve completed two. And at the age of 68 I recently rode in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge and completed a 100 mile bicycle ride. And I’ve recently decided to start training for a half marathon.

I’m not telling you this just to toot my own horn; I’m telling you this to prove that we senior citizens are viable forces to be respected.

So! If someone says you’re too old to do something, look them in the eye and say, “yes I can do that”. Make a plan, work at it and check another item off of your bucket list.


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