I just read a fascinating article. A woman who turned 90 celebrated her birthday by piloting a Cessna. Nothing new for her. When she turned 80 she went skydiving and when she turned 85 flew a glider. This is not the first time I've read about a senior doing something daring to celebrate a birthday. One wonders what it is though, that makes a 90 year old want to fly an air plane or skydive?
When I was young, very young it seems, I had no fear of roller coasters - I looked forward to going to any fair that the scariest rides so I could try them out. But somehow, I grew older and developed a distaste for them. I have decided that its a fear of plummeting to my death - a fear kids evidently don't have - that takes it off my list of favourite things to do....... and I wonder, when I read articles like this, if as I get older, the fear will dissipate and I will be brave enough to try what is now to me, the unthinkable.......... bungee cord jumping!
I wonder too if as people live longer and are healthier for longer we will hear more stories like hers. People do seem to be active far longer than in the past and now it is not uncommon to see older seniors regularly going to a gym to exercise. By extension, does that mean that more will take up flying, skydiving and hang gliding in years to come? Or is it just that some people crave excitement, and danger and never quite grow out of it? Will 90 become the 'new 50' before long?
For whatever its worth, I think its fantastic that a woman of 90 learned to fly a plane. And tried skydiving and everything else this brave 'young' woman has the 'stomach' to do. I suppose in time I will discover if I will be a forever chicken or adopt a 'now or never' attitude. Until then, I will happily enjoy reading about others who actively seize the day!