I just had an amazing evening out. I went to a networking event, as I do sometimes, expecting to see some of my business associates, and maybe make some new friends. I arrived at the hotel a bit early and the meeting room hadn’t opened yet. A few of the other participants were already waiting at some tables in the lobby. That’s where I saw him, a man I had seen at the last even I went to, a man that seemed very interesting, but that I had not had a chance to talk to yet. So I sat down and introduced myself. That was the beginning to my amazing evening. He was a truly remarkable man.
He told me so many fun stories from his life, what he liked to do, his studies in his favorite city in the US, New York, and how he so much enjoyed walking in the parks. He told me how he had worked as a musician for 6 years. He told me about his world travels, traveling from country to country by himself, and all the different countries he had lived in, in Australia, Europe, South America, and a few years in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. He told me about his business ventures, his goals and dreams, and let me tell you, they were big dreams that would still take years to reach. But he talked about them with a fire and passion that was contagious. It was amazing, and I was able to learn so much about this man’s life in just a few short hours.
For the past 30 years he has been exercising for hours a day 5 days a week, and he said he feels like in his 40s or 50s. He kept talking about what a fantastic life he has had, how grateful he is for everything that has happened to him, how lucky he has been to have such a privileged life. He was just so full of joy and it was a real privilege to have one evening with him.
That sounds nice, but what, you may wonder, made this so amazing? Well…
He is 68 years old.
He has been blind since he was 11.