We recently returned from a trip to the USA during which we hired two separate vehicles. During a five-week period, we traveled over 10,000 kilometers. Initially, we went skiing in Colorado then journeyed to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mt Rushmore, the Badlands of South Dakota, Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and traversed Montana to Yellowstone National Park. On the second half of our trip, we flew to Dallas, Texas, hired our second vehicle and followed one of our passions; storm chasing.
A few of our American friends indicated that they got dizzy following our travels and expressed surprise that we could do so much traveling in a car in such a short period of time. Our children are perplexed as to how we could stand not only to drive so much but also to be in each other’s presence 24/7. “Don’t you get tired driving so much?” or “Don’t you get sick of each other?” are questions that we hear. The answer is more than just a generational gap.
When we travel, we share experiences that inspire us. When you are inspired, you don’t quickly tire. On this trip, our experiences were varied. We visited friends in both Denver and Dallas, plus we made a connection with others along the way. We love to ski and spend time in the Colorado Rockies.
We visited a project in the Black Hills of South Dakota on such a scale that it defies belief. This creation was inspired by Korczak Ziolkowski, a Polish American. When completed this will be the largest sculpted carving in the world. It will depict the Native American warrior Crazy Bull sitting on his horse. Korczak started work on the sculpture initially on his own in 1948. After his death, his children—he had ten—continued the work along with others. After 68 years only the head is finished. The work continues today and to see such a grand project gradually come to fruition is truly inspiring.
Yellowstone National Park provided its own magic moments. We got to see wildlife such as bison, bears, elk, deer and coyotes nearby. Also, Yellowstone sits on an enormous volcano. The result is a vast area of geyser and steam vents spewing mineralized water and creating unusual formation and colors.
Chasing storms through the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas inspires because we get to see the raw power of nature. We did see one tornado in northwest Texas and experienced several storms up close. When we share in such adventures, we don’t tire despite spending many hours in a vehicle using our radar to get close to these monstrous storms.
When Ely was in full-time practice, despite long hours and running a busy practice, he didn’t get tired––he was in the zone. If you watch many successful people you find that they are full of energy, often not needing much sleep. How is this possible? When you are inspired, you’re not in the future, not in the past, but totally present. In the present moment, space and time seem to disappear. There is less to weigh you down which means you don’t get tired. When you are doing what you love, this is the end result.
We recall in the U.S. presidential debates that one of the contestants was described as “low energy”. While he may have had some good ideas and policies, he didn’t come across as an inspirational figure. The result was that he didn’t connect with people.
So how do you overcome tiredness if that is something that you regularly deal with? Assuming that you don’t have a medical or physiological issue that is the cause of your fatigue, it is time to assess your life. What are you passionate about? What inspires you? Is it travel, sport or some form of philanthropy? Once you find what turns you on, act on it. Don’t let others deter you or give you negative comments about what you propose to do.
If what you do you find fatiguing, then it’s probably not where you need to be. We only have so many years and life is short, so you may as well do what you love to do.
Editor’s Note: Dr Adele Thomas, semi-retired medical doctor, and Dr Ely Lazar, retired chiropractor, are on a new mission as the Passionate Retirees. They are dedicated to inspiring the over 50s to live fulfilling and adventurous lives, so that “the twilight years will be the highlight years”. Their book, “Travel Secrets For Seniors” was released in early 2014. With more than 80 years combined of professional experience, their articles, books and workshops cover a range of topics from travel, health, relationships, sexuality and finances for seniors.
“Adele and Ely have always impressed me with their exceptional knowledge, professionalism and positive attitude. Mention their name and the one word that always comes up is respect.” – John Ross, Master Networker