How many of your friends start their emails with “yesterday I had a ride-along with NASCAR…”? That’s my friend Judy from my writing group. She rented out her house and is traveling around the country in her RV, selling her books, living life, and writing. I admire her bravery, and her joy.
So many of my posts are filed under the category “inspiration” because I recognize and treasure that. If we can see other people doing something, it’s easier to imagine ourselves doing that thing.
Al Gore is still going around the world talking about climate. He’s passionate, energized, self-deprecating and funny. I learned about his latest work on CBS Sunday Morning, which is a gentle news show that always leaves Bill and me feeling better about the world.
Another inspiring figure is Jerry Brown. He is the past and current governor of my state, California. He’s not like any politician you’ve ever read about. Brown lived at a Jesuit seminary for three years in his youth. He’s scary-smart, fair (keeps his own party as much in line as the opposition), and I would call him indomitable. And he’s really fit.
In 2012, Gov. Chris Christie called Jerry Brown an “old retread” which the California governor did not appreciate – so Gov. Brown challenged Christie to a fitness test! The then-74-year old Jerry Brown said, “I ran three miles in 29 minutes two nights ago … and I hereby challenge Gov. Christie to a three-mile race, a push-up contest and a chin-up contest. And whatever he wants to bet, I have no doubt of the outcome.”
“Even at 76 years old, Brown is no stranger to impromptu displays of strength. Four years ago he challenged a reporter to do 11 chin-ups, then did 12 himself!
Here’s an easy-going, enjoyable interview with Sunday morning from a couple years ago:
And here’s an 85-year-old who seems dauntless. She’s a runner, but she only started that activity in her seventies. What a fine, strong personality she has. She perked me right up:
I hope you enjoyed these examples of inspiration. Who inspires you? Let’s share, and feel uplifted.