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Not Too Old To Climb

Bridget - Contributer My 60th birthday...I spent my birthday climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye. It is a Munro, one of the 282 peaks over 3000 feet in Scotland. I still have the ambition to do them all but have got two thirds still to go! The InPin as it is known is the only summit that needs proper ropes. You climb up a narrow ridge and then drop down a rope on the steepest side. Sounds easy but when you know you are just a slip away from a fall then even a rope and a guide does not give much comfort.…

Not Too Old To Write A Novel

Janet - Contributer January 2017 Janet a Orpington grandmother publishes 1st novel, age 67 Janet Maile, a grandmother from Orpington has just had her first novel, Second Genesis, published* at the age of 67. “I first started writing it in the 1980s when there was a lot of publicity about cryonics,” said Janet. What, I wondered, would it be like if these people were brought back to life in 2,000 years? I’d had a lot of articles and short stories published but had never attempted a novel before. I didn’t find it easy and it…

Not Too Old To Learn To Ride A Unicycle

Chris - Contributer 24th October 2016 This is Chris’s story of how at 41 he decided to learn how to ride a unicycle and 12 years later he is still riding and still learning new tricks ! “I was inspired to learn after a friend bought a unicycle for his son at Christmas in 2003 and he’d lost interest in it. I’d seen them on TV in the circus and it looked funny and fun at the same time!. Fast forward to Summer 2004 and I was in a traction kiting club at the time and one day there was no breeze, so we all sat there drinking tea…

Not Too Old To Sky Dive

Carol - Contributer January 2017 Read this awe inspiring story about Carol, her first Sky Diving experience and reaching for the clouds. I'd never wanted to do a sky dive, not through any fear, simply a disinterest, and then I'd really been put off by an old boyfriend who had skydived and was always going on about it. However, following a difficult year, I'd been pursuing activities which may just make my heart beat a little faster, purely to make me feel that I was actually living.  A sky dive was just one of those things.…

Cake Decorating

Judy - Contributer Judy set up her own company teaching cake decorating ... My name is Judy Kimmins and my passion is for cake decorating/sugarcraft, something I have been doing for over 25 years. What started as a hobby soon developed further and I decided it was time to take it a step further, studying for a City and Guilds qualification. In 2007 I made the decision to take early severance from my full time job and spend more time following my passion. I had a part time job working for a local charity which opened up…

Not Too Old To Start a Gardening Business

Kim - Contributer January 2017 Read all about Kim who decided to resign from teaching career and started a Gardening Business. My name is Kim and I am 58 years old. Having been a teacher for 36 years, I decided I didn't want to continue with the stress and anxiety that is part of the profession and so in February 2016, having paid off my mortgage, I handed in my resignation. The inspiration came from other teachers who had also made the decision to leave the job, and the desire to have more control over my time. The…

Not Too Old To Duathlon

Michelle - Contributer September 2016 Read this inspiring story about Michelle who in 2015 at the age of 48 unfit and overweight took on the challenge of Duathlon. Michelle’s story ….. At the beginning of 2015 I was considerably overweight and incredibly unfit, then in June last year I started to see a personal trainer, a wonderful woman who helped me to realise that life doesn’t need to be negative, that at 48 I’m not too old and that I am capable of making better choices in order to live a healthier lifestyle.…

Not Too Old To Be A Student

Frances - Contributer 10th October 2016 Read this inspiring story about Frances who at the age of 31 found herself heading back to school and becoming a full time student. I had wanted to be a social worker for many years, working alongside them as a social care worker with adults with mental health difficulties for seven years. However, the reality of living in London and paying my rent for two years whilst I qualified seemed like an impossible task. After being made redundant for the second time from the charity sector,…
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