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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 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 Learn To Swim

Magda - Contributer Magda works as a beauty therapist in Beckenham and at the age of 32 she recently learned to swim. This is her story… I had always thought I should learn to swim but always felt apprehensive. My husband and I booked a dream holiday to Mexico and I decided that I really did need to learn to swim so that I could enjoy more aspects of my holiday. I did make an effort to call a local pool about lessons and when they asked me to call back another time – I used it as another excuse to postpone that first step…

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 Windsurf

Carol - Contributer January 2017 Carol who at the age of 43 took to the waves and took her first Windsurfing lesson. On the morning I took my first windsurfing lesson, I turned up to the centre and sat thinking to myself ‘What on earth were you thinking?’ whilst waiting for my instructor.  I feel uneasy at best on water, and knowing how cold Lake Garda is, even in the height of summer, I kept wondering what madness had lead me to book a lesson. However, there I was!  I shared the lesson with a 10 year old boy called Patrick…

Not Too Old To Wall Climb

Jill - Contributer 24th October 2016 This is Jill's story of how at 53 she decided to try out some extreme sports starting with indoor Wall Climbing... I am 54 years old and even though I play netball and enjoy running and going to the gym, I don’t think of myself as someone who enjoys ‘extreme sports’ or anything that may be deemed a little dangerous ! In the past, several friends had been to indoor climbing walls and I decided that I would definitely like to give it a go ! I received a txt from my son on this particular…

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.…

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…
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