Last September, Mary Allen Hardison celebrated her 101st birthday. How did she celebrate? By paragliding hundreds of feet over her hometown of Ogden, Utah. You know, normal, run-of-the-mill activities who have been living for longer than a century.
For her bravery on Sept. 1, 2012, Ms. Hardison has now been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem.” Impressive.
Perhaps more impressive is that while she made her paragliding attempt in front of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, she says her main motivation was a friendly competition between her and her 75-year-old son who had taken up paragliding himself, saying, “I don’t want my son to do anything I can’t do, so I decided to go have fun like he did.” Yep, her son is seventy-five.
Added Hardison about her remarkable accomplishment (via HuffPo):
“I feel very humble in setting a new Guinness World Record,” she said. “My desire is for the elderly to keep on going, do things as long as you are physically able. Be positive. Friends don’t like a grumpy person.”
Hardison also urges other senior citizens to stay moving and to continue to challenge themselves, even if it means they may break her current record.
“When a person is busy, the hurts seem to ease up,” she said. “If you are able and even older than I, then I’m happy for people to attempt to break my record. I promise the experience will be well worth it!”
What an inspirational lady. And you know what? She’s convinced me. When I get to the age of 101, I’ll celebrate my birthday with a paragliding ride. Make that if I get to 101 years old.
(Video via KSL-TV)