My story of adventure this week involves a very unlikely adventurer who completely caught me by surprise. I was asked to give an introduction to Pilates (which I teach in my spare time) to a group of people staying for a 'Wellness Week' in a local hotel. The average age was probably 70 years and there was more than one walking stick used to get into the room. They were a lovely group and very eager to know about this new (to them) form of exercise. At the end a lady came up to me (with her walking stick) to tell me how much she had enjoyed my little talk/class.
From the corner of my eye I saw another lady patiently waiting to talk to me. When the first lady moved off she quickly began to tell me her story. She said she was 82 years old (though she looked to me to be in her late 60s) and she has been doing a form of stretching exercises called Sans Sessions for over 40 years, morning and afternoon. She had read about them in a book she got from England. She reported that she had no problems with pain, stiffness or with her mobility as a result and was able to tend her large garden. She told me that she was going to New Zealand on her own the following week to visit her daughter – via Abu Dabi, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland and then on to Napier where her daughter lives! She had smooth skin, a happy disposition and radiated energy and enthusiasm. When I asked her how she felt about the long journey she said that she was better prepared this time and was taking a more direct route than she had before! “And” she added “I will be having a little Hennessey or two on the flight as it is good for my heart”. She was good for my heart. The next day I came across this quote from William W. Purkey which made me think of this blog and the many inspiring people out there who live their lives in a spirit of small adventures:
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
Barbara (receptionist & accommodation supervisor)