They say that you’re only as old as you feel. Might the same apply to your ability to
dream at any age?

Several years ago, I had the honor to serve as emcee at the opening ceremonies of the International Senior Olympic Games, held at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium.
It was there that I met a man named Harry, whose sport was golf.

When I asked him how he got interested in the game, he explained that while his friends had always played, he was happy to just ride along in the cart.

One day, he picked up a club, hit a few balls and hadn’t stopped since. Then, I asked how long ago that was.
“Twenty-two years ago.”
I wondered how old he was at the time. “Eighty.”

That’s right, Harry was now 102 years old and still playing. His love for the game had started long after others would have never given a thought to beginning such a sport. Shooting his age was no big deal! Or, consider Gladys Burrill, who was an accomplished pilot, horseback rider and mountain climber. However, she is known for what she did in her 90’s: completed a
marathon. (26.2 miles)

That’s right!

She completed her first marathon at age 86, then famously competed in and finished
the Honolulu Marathon at age 92!

After power-walking for 9 hours and 53 minutes, she proudly crossed the finish line and was later recognized by Guinness World Records and the Hawaii House of
Representatives for her amazing feat and inspiring determination.

So, at what age should you stop dreaming?

Perhaps the answer lies in this reminder from C.S. Lewis, who said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Here’s to your vision, no matter how old you may feel.
Sonny Melendrez is an award-winning motivational speaker, Hall of Fame radio/TV host and author, based in San Antonio.

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