Welcome to the first Pop-Up Dynamo Interview! These are unplanned, while I’m out, and walk-up-to-a-random-stranger interviews. I have a prepared list of questions to ask people and am constantly looking out for people to talk to…you may be next! I’ve been grateful at how willing people have been to talk to me, answer questions, and let me take their picture. Can I just tell you all…YOU ROCK! You are all DYNAMO and I’m so grateful to have a small piece of every single one of you, yes, you, as part of my life. Readers, Dynamos, friends, family…you inspire me.
I was at Trader Joe’s taking pictures to prep for my post on Trader Joe’s Favorites (what’s your favorite??) when I saw Nancy. She was very willing to stop and chat with me on the end of the frozen food isle.
Nancy was awesome! She is a runner, a tennis player, an example for her kids, and always looking to learn something new. She believes in not slowing down because of your age. She is joining the community of Dynamos, people that I highlight by interview who are inspiring in their perspective, dedication, and example. You might not believe it, but your example is empowering others. I believe in you. I believe that as we share these stories with each other we lift, we encourage, and we build each other up. This breaks down walls and helps us all be kinder and more gentle with each other. Go be great! You have the power!
What does healthy living mean to you?
Not just think about what the doctor says, but think about what you enjoy to do and make sure your balance is your balance…your personal balance. If you want to learn something new, I started playing tennis about 2 years ago and I’m really bad, but I play it because it works into my schedule and I don’t feel burdened by it. It’s a community thing. I meet new people every time I go to tennis class and so that actually feeds me as well. It feeds me a little different than if I were to go out for a run. I go out and go for a run sometimes and sometimes I have a hard time doing that, but I’m happy with the running because I can use my electronic stuff to make it happen, but it doesn’t give me that community thing. Tennis does.
How has your example of healthy living motivated or inspired others?
I think for my kids it gives them the perspective that you’re not dead after you graduate from college and that you don’t have to stop learning. I think the learning thing, that’s one of the things I talk about, I’m taking some classes online. You don’t have to worry so much about how you’re doing in school because learning is a lifelong ambition and that is whether or not it’s a physical skill level thing like tennis or being your kids’ soccer coach or going out there and participating in baseball or whatever. It doesn’t matter what it is. You’re volunteering and you’re staying active by volunteering. And that volunteering stuff, not only does it inspire the children but it also keeps you active. So even if you don’t even want to do anything for yourself, you’re doing it for your child and that actually works.
What types of fitness do you enjoy?
I enjoy tennis, I enjoy running, I especially enjoy running after I run. “Yay, I ran today!”
I love ice skating but this area of the country does not actually support that, so I had to switch to a different sport. I was brought up on the East coast so we had a very long gray winter and people were at the ice rink. That’s just were you go.
What’s a piece of advice you like to share?
Stay active. I know that when people slow down, when they retire, when they shut down, they begin to die. So it’s up to you. If you want to start to slow down when you’re 50 or 40 or whatever, then it’s up to you.
There’s a guy in my tennis class who is 80. He can’t do the overhead and he can’t really squeak it over, he can’t really get those, but he has a wicked shot. If he hits is right, nobody can get it. So…it’s up to you. It’s always up to you.
What do you want to be remembered for?
How has staying active made you who you are?
It’s like a yoga thing. You stay flexible. Stay flexible mentally, physically, just not stiffen.
Is there anything else that drives you to stay active?
Most of us who have children want the absolute best for them. If we could grant them a lifetime of good health, I don’t know one parent who wouldn’t cut off an arm to achieve that assurance. Ironically, this goal is usually in our grasp without losing that arm. Children learn best by example and if we show our children that it is important to make time for our own regular exercise, haven’t we shown them the way to a lifetime of good health? The hardest part is often fitting it in while fighting the inner couch potato and we need to teach time management and determination by mastering it ourselves.
There are times in our lives when that physical activity is with them, chasing a giggling toddler around the play structure until everyone collapses, a regular family bike ride, or rainy forest hike. There are times in our lives when that activity is without them be it my tennis, yoga, or running. We can build sporting skills or not, to each his own, but let them know the options are “what” activity, not “if” activity.