In the game of life, we understand neither our entry nor exit. During the first half, we enjoy life, take challenges, fight for survival, sustain burden, spread love — one way or the other, we enjoy the game.
As the first innings draws to a close, most of us drop the shackles, give up the fight and eventually enter the world of loneliness, seldom thriving to survive. As our time ticks away, the feather of our wings falls apart. Happiness, bliss, carefreeness, excitement are always at bay.
But time and again in this so-called conditioned world, we come across a few jewels who take the world on their heads and give it a rip.
Fauja Singh, a native of Punjab, at the age when people start retiring, thought of running (he was 63) and today he has unbeatably crossed the century. Yet he is running strong.
In 2011, he participated in the Toronto Waterfront Full Marathon successfully in 8 hours 11minutes. In this ripened age, he never stopped adding feather to his hat. The recent one being carrying the 2012 Olympic torch.
This past week, I swam for 20 minutes as per my friend’s advice to burn the extra kilos. I felt very exhausted once it was done. But at 63, Diana Nyad swam 163 km for about 60 hours to achieve a magnificent feat of crossing the strait between Cuba and Florida, that too without a protective shark cage. Will power is another name for the motivation of these people.
“Age is just a number, passion is eternal”
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