Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Age is but a number. Today’s epistle is about the magic odometer of life that we all carry around. When I talk to prospective Half Dome hikers I often am greeted with: “Rick, I’m turning 40 and I need to do this hike before I am too old.” Hmmm 40? 50? 60? 70? Come on. I am old enough to be most your, your . . . well, brother. I like to take those “how old is your body” tests. I have the body of a 30 year old – and he wants it back! :>)
I really feel that you are not old until your dreams are replaced by regrets. I know too many people who were determined to work like a dog until they retired then “we’ll see the world.” Bad plan. Many are too ailed or are overcome by life’s other issues, so they take one cruise to Bermuda then spend the rest of their lives making bird houses, address signs or volunteering at the library. James Dean had a good motto: “Dream as if you’ve life forever – Live as if you’ll die today.” Sadly, he got creamed by a 1950 Ford Tudor sedan 25 miles east of Paso Robles in Cental California CA in 1955. But we KNOW he lived every minute. I mean LIVED. There’s a difference between that and existing.
OK, back to Half Dome. I have been asked how old the oldest person is who has hiked up Half Dome? Who knows? No one keeps those kind of records, but I know of some geezers who are well into their 80’s who have done it. With Education, Preparation and Motivation – anyone can do it. Get off the couch and keep in shape. Jack LaLane was doing push-ups until his demise at 94. Carpe Diem. Seize the Day!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t grow old gracefully – go out kicking and screaming.” – A wise old man.
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com