For those of you who think you are too old to do anything, think again. Watch Cathy Rigby run and frolic across the stage at the latter end of "middle age" as Peter Pan.
If you are over 50, you have heard of Cathy Rigby. She was the highest scoring American gymnast at the 1968 Summer Olympics and she was the first American woman to win a medal (Silver) during the World Gymnastics Championship in 1970. She won American's hearts and inspired a new generation of sports enthusiasts particularly for gymnastics. After retiring from gymnastics in 1972, Ms. Rigby developed an interest in acting and began working in 1974 starting with her first role in a local theater as Peter Pan.
Cathy Rigby has been playing Peter Pan for 30 years and it doesn't look like she's ready to slow down. I don't know about you but I was truly inspired to see someone older than me be so acrobatic on stage. I like to go upside down and do cartwheels but I can't move quite like Ms. Rigby.
A little research on this amazing icon reveals that success did not come easy. She suffered from bulimia for 12 years and credits her recovery to second husband Tom McCoy. Cathy has been a motivational speaker for collegiate and corporate audiences, touring the country discussing the importance of conscientious nutrition and the benefits of "balancing wellness."
She and her husband Tom McCoy have a production company which tours the Peter Pan show. She doesn't do all Peter Pan shows consecutively as she has other gigs that have called her; but isn't it lovely that she is still entertaining audiences and inspiring people after all these years?
As a 54-year-old woman who practices and teaches yoga, I can't say enough how beneficial it is to keep moving as we age. If you want to be used on this planet for good, you must shed any thoughts of "I can't!" period!
Midlife is the time to harness all your knowledge and creativity and crank it out to the world. You can leave a legacy just like Cathy Rigby. You won't be as famous or well known, but that's not the point. You can touch your husband, children, grandchildren, friends and strangers by waking up to the call on your life.
Don't let aging slow you down. Pick it up a notch and let your light shine. Connect with your inner gymnast, inner artist, inner writer; connect with your muse. Add some zest to your life. Take a class – any kind of class – photography, computer, photoshop, writing, drawing, painting, dance, business, music…think of something you've been wanting to do.
I don't buy into the phrase "60 is the new 40"; however, if we engage in activity that is fun and helps us feel alive, we can enjoy life more. Give yourself the gift of time and incorporate some fun activity that brings you joy. Don't wait. Life is short and we don't know when our light will go out.