We took a look into five inspirational people in their older days. All members of our list are in their later years but age was no barrier for them and they certainly proved that through their actions. Their stories are not only inspirational to many but show us that anything is possible if you are willing to push yourself.
1. Fauja Sing is the oldest person to have completed a full marathon at age 100. His first marathon took place in London at age 89. He explained how running helped him through life and allowed him to travel around the world.
2. Lillian Weber who is turning 100 this May has been sewing a new dress every day for children in need for over two years. Not only has she made over 800 dresses but she also personalises each dress to make them extra special. The dresses are sent to young girls in Africa with the help of Little Dresses for Africa. Lillian is an inspiration to all of us.
3. Diana Athill is an author and publisher who has been recognised for her autobiographical account of old age. At 91 years old she was awarded a Costa Book Award making her the oldest person to win the award. She studied at Oxford University and worked at BBC during the Second World War.
4. Ernestine Shepherd who turned 75 in 2010 was the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world. She lives by her mantra ‘determined, dedicated and disciplined to be fit’. She starts her day earlier than most of us, every morning she is up at 3 am and from there onwards the workouts begin. She is a great role model to seniors who want to keep active and fit.
5. Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest in 2013. He first climbed Mount Everest in 2003, at age 70 making him the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008 the record was broken. However in 2013, at age 80 he once again climbed Mount Everest making him the oldest person to climb Mount Everest.