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Following Your Dreams at Any Age #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heart-warming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Eric Lahti, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


“There is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer. Success can happen at any time and at any age. You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of yourself. And best of all, love can happen at any age.” ~ Salma Hayek, actress

Where is the unwritten law that says if you’re past “XX” years old it’s too late for you to reach your goals or do what you love? I’ve been blessed to have people in my life who haven’t let anything stop them from following their dreams, especially not their age.  One thing I have learned from them is if you want something badly enough you will find a way to make it happen, you may have to approach it differently, but with age comes wisdom that can help you along your journey!

These seniors are living proof that it’s never too late to learn, to grow and to succeed!

At 80 years young, Ernestine Shepherd defies the stereotype of what it is to be a body builder. Ernestine after making a promise to her sister has dedicated her days to bodybuilding, setting records and empowering other women of all ages to get into the gym. Spending more than 30 hours each week training she has earned the nickname “Granny Six-Pack”.

At 81, Masako Wakamiya from Kanagawa, Japan, was frustrated by the lack of game apps for senior citizens. She decided to take matters into her own hands, taught herself how to code and created her own game app called Hinadan, inspired by a traditional Japanese doll festival. Now at 84, self-described “IT evangelist and digital creator” is empowering other senior citizens to make the most of technology. Goes to show that you’re never too old to learn technology!

From CNN: How an 83-year-old found a new lease on life developing mobile apps

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot, novelist

16 thoughts on “Following Your Dreams at Any Age #WATWB”

  1. Hi Belinda – two great stories … what fun to read and how admirable they’ve applied their minds and bodies so well. Loved reading it … #WATWB … all the best – Hilary

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  2. Go Ernestine! I bought myself a set of resistance bands, so now I must do something with them so as not to look like a weenie next to an 80 year old!. I want to be like her!
    As for Masako, she is a wonder. There are not too many seniors in their 80’s willing to learn computer code and then create an internet game. I would not be that person, but your post inspires me to keep learning, exploring and doing in my later years. Thanks Belinda!

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  3. What inspiring women! We need more stories like these to help combat the very real stereotyping and ageism attitudes that are so prevalent. I rather like the term “saging” instead of aging – doesn’t that feel more expansive? There’s always more room for wisdom and following one’s passions. Thanks for sharing these.

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    1. I love that term, it’s absolutely perfect! There are so many negative stereotypes out there but luckily we see more and more women defying them! Thanks so much for stopping by and for being a part of #WATWB! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!😊

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