It’s Never Too LateJuly 1, 2010
Although most days I’m between the ages of five and eighteen mentally, sometimes I may as well be a hundred, and evidence is building for the prosecution to prove I am Officially Old™. Music is rubbish now. Fashion is ridiculous. Been there, done that. On those horrible days, I decide I’m too old to do something, or worse still that it’s all too late. I found a couple of stories this week to disprove that notion. I’m going to make sure my 100-year-old grumpy self never takes hold.
82 year old grandmother has starts a literary career
Myrrha Stanford-Smith from Holyhead, North Wales, a trained actress who later became a teacher and theatre director, wrote an adventure story called The Great Lie. It’s the story of a swashbuckling Elizabethan hero called Nick Talbot. Honno, the publisher was so impressed that it offered her a three-book deal. The debut novel started appearing on the shelves last week. “It was such a wonderful surprise,” she said. I bet it was.
75 year old man goes for the Badwater Death Valley Ultra Marathon –
for the 12th time
Jack Denness, known as Death Valley Jack for his regular participation in said marathon, has no intention of slowing down. This Marathon goes through the Nevada desert from Death Valley, the lowest elevation point in the Western Hemisphere at 85m (280ft) below sea level to halfway up Mt. Whitney. There are also temperatures of 55ºC (131ºF) to make things more interesting. Death Valley Jack, who lives in Kent, took up marathon running in his 50s when he gave up smoking. He’s raised over £100,000 through marathon racing and intends to do this race to raise funds for his local organisation, Cerebral Palsy Care. The man’s hardcore. I’m seriously impressed.
These stories show that you may be old, but it’s never too late to do anything, or have a whole new career.