In the famous poem by Dylan Thomas, the author makes a demanding appeal. Looking at aging as a process of taking a final trip into a “good night,” he chided that we not “go gentle.” Instead, he mandates that we brush back against getting older, to “rage against the dying of the light.” What Thomas was saying in his elaborate, eloquent way is that age is in the mind. Accept it, and you’re doomed. Fight for every last ounce of life and you’ll be fulfilled until the end.
Age Is Just A State Of Mind
We hear stories all the time of senior citizens determined to beat Death to the door by doing some of the most exciting and extreme feats imaginable. Some are common, like running, diving, or bodybuilding. Others are a little more…out there. You know the ones – the octogenarian who always wanted to climb Mt. Everest, or the great-grandmother who always wanted to skydive. The latter situation is what we are dealing with here, and once you hear her story, you feel like a fool for not getting off your couch and exploring this wonderful world.
The Elderly Are Capable Of Amazing Things
Maire Hollo is 88. Let that fact sink in for a moment. She was born before TV, the Internet, or cellphones. She lived through world wars and the dawn of the nuclear age. She is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and has spent nearly 50 years dreaming of the day she could jump into an airplane…and then jump right out of it again.
Just Ask Maire Hollo
Finally, for her 89th birthday, she got her wish. After reaching a height of 10,000 feet, Maire and her guide made the dive, and the self-described “crazy granny” had another item scratched off of her bucket list. Not that she plans on dying anytime soon. As for doing something so crazy? Maire was nonplused “I don’t take stupid risks,” she said. Talk about raging against the dying of the light.