Almost every morning on my way to work, I see the absolutely cutest old man exercising. With resistance bands attached to his geriatric shoes, you can find him grapevining his way up the streets of Madison or racing up the State Capitol stairs step-by-step…
I estimate he’s about 70 years old…or more.
Anyways, two days ago, I was walking up the street when I met this fine gentleman’s eye.
“Good morning,” I said.
“Good morning,” he replied, and I smiled in return, continuing to walk to work.
“Wait, I have something for you!” he said. I stopped, extremely curious as to what this man had to give to me. “For that big ol’ smile of yours.”
He reached in the pocket of his white khaki shorts and pulled out this…
A pin of Bucky Badger jumping rope.
I graciously thanked him, wished him a happy day and continued on my way.
Then, I wished with all my might that when I am 70 years old, I am still walking, stepping and cardioing with stretchy resistance bands attached to my white New Balance shoes.
Until then, I will use him as inspiration.
Because if he can do that at age 70, then I can surely do anything I want – whether it be doing 60 minutes of BodyCombat today or running the Des Moines 1/2 Marathon in October – at age 25.
Even if I need to grapevine my way all 13.1 miles, I’m doin’ it.