My daughter was watching the movie We Bought a Zoo and Matt Daemon’s character has this scene where he is talking about being on a great adventure, one that’s personal. That got me to thinking about the adventures I have had in my life. I have been on some fun ones, such as hiking the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai and getting to visit the Ukraine, but I have also had some great adventures here at home, like becoming a father.
What is a great adventure really? I have asked myself that question many times over my life. I have come to believe that a Great Adventure is an experience where you have to overcome huge struggles to accomplish something very important. Important is always defined by the individual and not what society says is important.
To me the I Cane Do program is a great adventure. It is taking a lot of work to get the TV show to have an audience and to grow the attendance in the classes I teach. I am facing down the struggle of changing people’s view of the cane, fighting hard to move it from being seen as something only the elderly and injured use to being a symbol of power and self-determination.
I began this adventure because I wanted to give something back to the people who created the world I lived in. The Baby Boomer are the movers and shakers of the world I grew up in and much of what I take for granted in my life are the brainchildren of this powerful generation. So many people are focused on the kids that are running around today with little focus being put on the people who were kids back in the 50’s and 60’s.
While these kids have grown up and passed the childhood torch on, they also passed on a legacy; one of creation and conservation, fighting for your rights and the rights of others, a legacy where we are free to believe in ourselves and pursue who we want to be; people such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Bill Cosby and Hilary Clinton, just to name a few.
At times it may seem that I am pushing an agenda, trying hard to self-promote my “product.” Well in truth that is correct, not because I am trying to make myself rich off of other people but because I am trying to change history. As a generation the groups before the Boomers would just give up on their quality of life after they reached a “certain age.” When handed walking canes or told they have arthritis they would stop engaging in the adventures they found fun and made their lives worth living. While the Boomers are a generation of doers and have a reputation for fighting “growing old” history is starting to repeat itself. Not every Boomer, but a significant number of them are starting to slow their lives down and give into the messages “you’re too old to do that,” “time to slow down,” or “a person your age shouldn’t…”
Do we have to follow history? Do we have to slow our lives down because we have arthritis or even heart concerns? Why not explore other ways to address those concerns but still live a life full of grand adventures, ones that put the younger generations to shame!!! Who says the captains of industry have to be below a certain age; martial arts, surfing, skiing, etc… is only for the young? My goal is to help the Baby Boomers change history and turn the 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s into ages of even greater adventures and set the bar even higher for the generations that come after them.
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