That time has come upon us.
The first day of the weekend.
Time to reflect on the week and plan weekend adventures.
Today I’m getting listy.
Here are the people, in no particular order, that are inspiring me this week:
Harry Rosen is 103.
He eats out in New York City’s trendiest restaurants every single night. He gets his usual corner table and he eats by himself, often striking up conversations with people. He says it “lifts [his] spirits.”
He’s not your typical 103-year-old.
He’s living life and he’s doing his best to enjoy it. He’s eating out and he’s even trying to date.
He enjoys the simple pleasure of being out among the people. It helps to be out, since his wife of 70 years passed a few years ago. Since then, he’s even tried participating in singles groups.
This guy’s enthusiasm makes me want to get up in the morning, throw back the curtains, and declare in one magnificent gesture, hands on hips – like I imagine Tarzan, naked in a loin cloth – TODAAAAY WILL BE THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!
He’s also freaking adorable. And everyone from my 20-something friends to friends’ moms to my grandma want to be his dining companion (I’ve taken a poll).
I think this has something to do with the fact that people tend to be drawn towards the positive. And Harry – you’ve got it down. I can only hope to make it to 103 and have half the spirit and drive you do (Rosen says the secret is sleeping on your back).
I received some 8AM inspiration from a new neighbor this week.
I overslept one morning and decided to take a cab to work (low point, I know).
While I was waiting, an older gentleman happened to come down to head to work as well. And we struck up a conversation in my building’s lobby.
This man (probably in his 60s) told me (in the span of 20 minutes) essentially his entire professional life story (I asked).
He told me about the teams he used to work on for automotive clients, dreaming up new inventions for cars (silly things like windshield wipers). He told me about the 150 patents he penned in the U.S. and abroad. He told me about how he keeps working now well into his retirement because he loves it.
To quote my new friend Eric: “It’s not always giggles, but I’ve loved what I do for decades. Life’s way too short not to love what you’re doing.”
My building invited a Chicago personal trainer/life coach to train residents in Yoga and Pilates.
I couldn’t make the classes previously, due to my work schedule, but had the opportunity to attend the last couple.
I love her class – and I love feeding off her energy!
I’ve had some opportunities to chat with her since then and I’ve been pretty inspired.
Stephanie Mansour started her own business in her early 20s (Step it Up With Steph) and five years later is well on her way to building her own personal fitness empire.
I look forward to her blog articles and her advice. Why? Because she’s honest. And anyone who blogs will tell you that being honest is key. Putting yourself out there is HARD and blogging or sharing your life takes guts (that I’m slowly finding).
Steph believes that her business is “not JUST about exercise and eating right – it’s about emotions and the connection we have to ourselves and others.” (from her blog) – I couldn’t agree more.
She is equal parts inspiration due to her entrepreneurial skills and her attitude about life.
Thanks for the inspiration ya’ll!!
And HAPPY FRIDAY.
Note: None of these people knew that I was going to write about them. Although, I do wish Harry Rosen knew.
Note 2: Somehow another photo shoot happened this morning. If you haven’t tried putting on ridiculous things from your closet and being expressive for no reason, I HIGHLY recommend it. I also recommend dancing around your home/apt/living abode by yourself to music in said outfit. it’s AWESOME.