Hello friends, and apologies for being late with this post. There’s no good reason, except that my son had a PD Day at school on Monday, so I didn’t realize that yesterday was Blogging Day until, well, this morning.

But I’m here to make it up to you! My spouse recently mentioned two utterly awesome videos, which I have to share with you. (Nick detests online videos, so when he gets enthusiastic about one, I pay attention.) The first is of an 86-year-old gymnast named Johanna Quaas performing a routine on the parallel bars. Watch and be humbled and awestruck:

The second is of tiny-home author and activist Lloyd Kahn, who took up skateboarding in his 70s. Yes, indeed. This video is very wobbly in bits, and it’s too long, but sometimes you just need ocular proof:

Courage, focus, persistence.

Smashing stereotypes.

Embracing the new.

Loving learning.

I don’t think I need to spell out how much I admire these two people, and how much I want to learn from them. My new goal is to try something completely new and scary in each decade of my life. Maybe even gymnastics or skateboarding.

What do you think? Have Johanna Quaas and Lloyd Kahn inspired you?

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2 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. Simcha says:

    I’ve always had a fear of getting older but people like this give me hope that maybe it won’t be so bad, that old-age doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to slow down. I read once about an 80 year old woman who rode across that US on a motorcycle, now *that’s* what I want to do when I’m that age.

    Btw, I really enjoy your Agency series and came to your site looking for info about the next book. Any updates would be much appreciated!

  2. Ying says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Simcha! I agree – these people have made me think of my own old age very differently. So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the Agency so far. I’m still writing Rivals in the City, so we don’t have a pub date yet. It’ll be late 2013 at the earliest, I’m afraid. I’m sorry for the delay and I’ll post more news as I have it!

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