Aging is a journey. In fact, you may not even realize the places it could take you. When you view growing older as an opportunity to try new things or rekindle old passions, the possibilities are endless. Here are some examples of people who hit their stride and accomplished great things in their later years.
Take Harland David Sanders, who started his business at age 65, after receiving his first Social Security check of $99. Thanks to his passion and drive, Kentucky Fried Chicken was born in 1952, and “Colonel Sanders” has remained the company’s brand ambassador and symbol ever since.
Or you may have heard of the famous Grandma Moses, the American folk artist who didn’t even pick up a paintbrush until age 78. Her work not only went on to be featured in many museums, but her story remains an inspiration still today.
And while these are great illustrations of golden-years success stories, they also have plenty of company. Check out these lesser-known, but equally impressive stories of seniors chasing their dreams and pursuing their passions.
Holding a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to have begun primary school, Kimani enrolled in the first grade at age 84. His love of learning and later-in-life success still serves as a worldwide educational message today.
This gamer was recognized in 2007 by the Guinness Book of World records as the oldest video game champion. Not only that, her quest for another world title was chronicled in the documentary King of Kong.
Touted as Australia’s first cowboy and pioneer of Western music, he also became the oldest person to compose, record and release an all-new album at 92 years old, and he remains an inspiration to all of the country and Western fans down under.
Appropriately nicknamed Gladyator, she became the oldest woman to complete a marathon, at 92, in her part-time home of Hawaii. Her advice to seniors aspiring to get in shape? Just get out there and think positive.
And rounding out our list with a more daring feat, this WWII veteran became the world’s oldest bungee jumper in 2010, at 96 (his first was at 88). His only complaint? The drop was too short.
You don’t have to be a daredevil or famous person to live up your later-in-life years. All you need is a passion. Whether it’s a talent you’ve had your whole life, or something you’d just like to start today, it’s never too late.