I was stunned and amazed by the story of 79 year young English lady named Paddy.
What she overcame to express her gift and talent is a remarkable story. After so many years of living the role of wife and mother, she embarked on a path few at her age would ever attempt.
This one decision left me incredulous, inspired and riveted as I watched her dance. I was humbled with dropped jaw and tears in my eyes. Paddy’s decision to go for her passion inspired me to reach for more in my own life.
Here’s the astonishing story in a nutshell. (Check out the video at the end of this blog post and see for yourself what she accomplished.)
Paddy, a 79 year young woman had made a decision. To risk, to follow her heart and her joy to try something new. To fulfill a life long dream to return to dancing.
Bringing Back The Fire Of Desire Helps Us Be Forever Young
This was not easy, particularly after losing the love of her life of many years. But she chose to live fully despite challenges.
She could have stayed closed off to her passion and gone to her death with her gift to dance locked inside her. But no, she decided to be courageous, to embrace something new to help her feel young and vital. She had a deep yearning to let her spirit soar!!!
Wallace Wattles points out in his book, “The Science of Being Great”, a fundamental principal of life. “The desire for increase is inherent in all nature: it is the fundamental impulse of the universe. Every living thing is under this necessity for continuous advancement; where increase of life ceases, dissolution and death set in.”
I am reminded how important it is for all of us, no matter what our age, to continually grow, expand and bring in new energy, life and experiences to our daily lives. Find what lights us up and makes us feel alive and do that to keep youthful and vibrant.
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come ALIVE, and then go DO that…Because what the world needs is people who have come ALIVE!
~ Howard Thurman
Paddy came alive and that is what is so beautiful to watch. She is my hero and inspiration for what is possible. I look into that beautiful face of hers glowing with pride. She chose to live full out, to dare, to risk and to have fun with the next chapter in her life. She chose to expand, rather than shrink.
Do you ever hold yourself back from living your life more fully?
Do you feel at times in a rut and bury your emotions or longings in external distractions, like food, the internet, shopping, gossip or drama just to feel alive?
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We can all break through self imposed barriers and be more alive.
I tear up when I think about what it took for her to be so visible before the world. She had a mission to show us how to live with joy and fun and not be attached to the outcome. To live in the moment, and relish the journey.
What Excuses Do You Tell Yourself So You Don’t Have To Live Fully?
Do you tell yourself, “I’m too old, I’m too tired, I’m too set in my ways, I’m not capable of doing new things, I don’t have enough vitality. I think it’s time to break free of cultural limitations about aging, and shed our excuses.
Anytime fear or doubt or uncertainty creep into my psyche, I will draw upon the image of Paddy dancing her heart our in front of the world. She is living in 3D my motto, “Live Young, Live with Passion, Live With Heart.”
Thank you for showing me so clearly that the sky is the limit for aging youthfully.
I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below on what secret desire you have to live more boldly and freely. What would stir your soul and make you feel more alive? It’s time to bring it out. The world needs your passion and aliveness.
Here is a link to watch Paddy in action. She will take your breath away and challenge you to live your life more fully.