Get Inspired By These Unusual Retirement Stories
Some of mankind’s most incredible achievements spring from those of us in the later parts of our lives. Check out some of these awe-inspiring stories to get your wheels turning
90 year old woman starts nursery school
A woman who has served her rural Kenyan village as a midwife for the past 65 years has returned to primary school along with six of her great-great-grandchildren.
Priscilla Sitienei, 90, is believed to be the oldest primary school pupil in the world. She enrolled at Leaders Vision Preparatory School in the Rift Valley village of Ndalat five years ago, with the intention of finally learning to read and write.
Affectionately known as “Gogo”, which means grandmother in the local Kalenjin language, Mrs Sitienei grew up under British colonial masters and never had the chance to go to school.
She said she wants to be able to read the Bible, pass on her midwifery skills and write down the herbal remedies she uses in births.
She also hopes to inspire those younger than her – including her own classmates, aged between 10 and 14, some of whom she delivered as babies.
“I want to say to the children of the world, especially girls, that education will be your wealth, don’t look back and run to your father,” she told the BBC. “With education you can be whatever you want, a doctor, lawyer or a pilot.”
Britain’s oldest student graduates with a degree in military intelligence aged 91
Students at the University of Buckingham may not have noticed Bertie Gladwin all that much while he was studying for a master’s degree in military intelligence.
He wasn’t there at freshers’ week and he probably didn’t indulge in many raucous nights out or beer-fueled bar crawls.
But nevertheless Britain’s oldest student has proved that it’s better late than never.
Mr Gladwin, who left school at 14, has now graduated aged 91 with a distinction in a Masters degree after a career in the secret service.
Like any other student, the Mr Gladwin turned up late for his first lecture and got lost in the maze of corridors at university.
The World War Two veteran was also confused by computers, which he had never used before he retired in 1987, and regularly deleted whole essays by mistake.
But while he struggled with some aspects of modern learning, the senior student had no problem getting to grips with his degree – after two decades working through the intelligence history he was studying.
Homesteader publishes her first novel at 64.
It makes sense to us that Wilder would have started rather late — after all, if her Little House on the Prairie books are as autobiographical as they say, the lady had a lot of living to get through before she could put it all to paper. She actually began writing around age 44, working as a columnist, and had a pretty successful freelance career. But it wasn’t until 1931, when she published Little House in the Big Woods, that Wilder really made a name for herself, both in contemporary circles and for decades to come. She was 64.
Newly minted pensioner starts a world famous fast food chain
Colonel Sanders was 65 years old when he received his first Social Security check, in the amount of $99. It was then that he made a decision that he needed to change his life. With his chicken recipe, he took action and traveled the nation until someone took a chance on him, and Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.
The oldest person to sail around the world was 77 at the time
Sailing across the world is a feat in it of itself, but for someone as old as Minoru Saito, who was 77 years old when he completed a circumnavigation of the world, to actually accomplish this feat is nothing short of astounding. But it doesn’t end there; he has successfully circumnavigated the world eight times. The eighth time he circumnavigated the world going the “wrong way” meaning going westwardly against prevailing winds and currents…a feat that took Minoru 1,080 days to complete.
This woman is a highly successful personal trainer at 78 years of age
How would you feel if your personal trainer was twice your age? With 78-year-old Ernestine Shepherd, you’d probably be motivated to finish that last set of bicep curls. In 2011 when she was 74, Shepherd was the world’s oldest female bodybuilder, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She also works as a certified personal trainer at her Baltimore gym, and wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning to run (she logs 80 miles a week) and lift weights (she can bench-press 150 pounds). “I feel better than I did at 40,” she told ABC News.
Man begins a successful art career at 56
Artist Paul Cézanne was 56 years old when Ambroise Vollard gave him his first one-man show at Vollard’s gallery in Paris. Although the exhibition met with some skepticism, Cézanne’s reputation as a great artist grew quickly. It wasn’t until after he died that other exhibitions in Paris established his artistic legacy.
The oldest person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest was a whopping 80 years old
Yuichiro Miura is a Japanese alpinist who in 2003, at age 70, became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. This record was later broken. However, on May 26, 2008, Miura once again successfully summited Mt Everest at the age of 75. On May 23, 2013 Miura again became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 80.