Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Age Is Just a Number

Sometimes in my daily adventures on the internet, I run across something that I feel should be shared because of just how great it is. In a world full of miserableness and hate, we need something to make us smile. Growing up around motorcycles, this one caught my attention as soon as I saw it.

Ray Weser is 101 years old, and has loved motorcycles for most of his life. No longer able to ride by himself, he still wanted to enjoy the freedom of the road on the back of a Harley. So, some riders from the VFW near Prescott Valley, Arizona came together to give the veteran another ride.

This story reinforces the idea that there are still many, many great people in the world, despite what we see and read in the news. It also gives me hope for when I get older. I hope to never lose my sense of adventure. Honestly, at 90 I’ll probably still be checking out….things. That just seems to be me.

Last year when I was in the hospital, I had a roommate who was 100 years old. He had fallen and his family thought he needed to be checked out overnight at the hospital. While his hold on current events was tenuous, his memories from the 1930s and 1940s was clear as the day they happened. And there was a whole lot of clarity with regard to a secretary at a job he was applying for in 1941. It was fun to listen to.

Too many time, younger people dismiss older people. They question why those silver-haired, hunched, old men march in the parades. When you talk to them, though, that gleam twinkles in their eyes and the past comes to life. Their stories of yesterday are incredible. We can learn so much from them, and realize that those things we thought we “invented” have been around a long, long time. Those sly smirks tell you all you need to know.

In the meantime, I hope Ray had a great time on his ride. For the rest of us, the horizon stays just out of reach. Let’s keep reaching for it.

The original story can be found here: 101 Year Old Veteran Rides Harley

Craig Bacon still acts 15 sometimes. Well...more than sometimes. Everyone enjoy the best of what life has to offer.