At first glance I was skeptical of her, old-woman-skateboarding looked like another cheap shot towards joy, like looking at puppy photos, which is a two-second kind of joy. I’ve never met anyone like this and she makes my heart sing. Joy is her entire being, she radiates it.
She lives and loves these things ::
Learning new things,
From age 57 upwards she learned to skateboard, still going strong at 65,
Learning how to create street art, and the joy of using her whole body to do it,
Letting other people teach you something, being open to that,
Loves eating ice cream for breakfast every day,
Not caring what other people think.
Be who you are,
We are all going in one direction in life why not enjoy the time between birth and death,
Instead of just dreaming of a thing, and creating a nostalgic future, live it now,
I do only things I LIKE, (and she beams),
It’s just good to be in better condition than I was at 40.
I am inspired by everything about her, including the small details, her look, the pink mini skirt with the tights, the no-makeup, the scruffy hair, the pure laughing. The amazing ways she finds to be in her body which get her out of her thinking-head, of course. That’s where joy is. :)
I think the key kernel of why I am inspired by her is how she describes that “I began to move in new places, places I was not used to visit”. Yes yes yes! Just keeps adding on new layers of who she is, and being it out in the world.
I DO wish she wouldn’t use the word “weird” to describe herself, but considering how she lives and plays, she clearly doesn’t care about the word weird … and to recognize that everyone is on a path …
Here, enjoy her telling us in two videos ::
Also the GORGEOUS photography of her by Päivi Tuovinen. XO