I have always been bothered by the concept of old age. I understand that aging is natural, but even as a child I would openly state my intentions to keep myself in the best shape possible to maximize my chances of being able to live an active life well through my golden years.
With this goal in mind, I was happy to stumble upon the story of Edna Mitchell, an 87-year-old Emergency Medical Technician at the Liberty, Maine Fire Department. Edna completed her certification in 1978 and has redefined “Freedom 55” ever since, working as a dedicated volunteer who is touching the lives of dozens of people annually.
What I particularly love about Edna’s story is the fact that she is working out of a passion to help people and not because of financial necessity. Check out her heartwarming and inspirational story:
Edna’s commitment to not only the community, but to her own health and fitness is incredibly inspiring. I recently wrote an article on how Spain has built a number of playgrounds specifically designed for the elderly, and to see Edna applying an active life without such a structure is flat out impressive.
We all have the power to make a difference in this world at any age, and can hopefully use Edna’s story as motivation to shatter any excuses that our minds may come up with. I truly believe that the less we empower thoughts surrounding laziness, aging, and fatigue, the more capable we become to defy a lot of the limitations so many of us suffer from.
No matter what age you are, what are your thoughts on the aging process? Does Edna’s story inspire you in any way? Let us know via the comments below!
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