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It Really Is Never Too Late To Do The Thing You Want. Look What This 77-Year-Old Granny Did for Her Birthday

It Really Is Never Too Late To Do The Thing You Want. Look What This 77-Year-Old Granny Did for Her Birthday

For her 77th birthday, Pat Leitner from Michigan and grandmother of 11, decided to skip the sandwiches and cake, and instead jumped out of a plane. As you do.

Pat got the chance to skydive after winning a charity fundraiser for a women and children homeless shelter, and was encouraged by her friend Sally Bales who had previously skydived for her 70th and 80th birthdays. Many friends and family members came to see, as Pat puts it, “this crazy lady jump out of a plane.”

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But Pat isn’t “crazy” so much as she is a wonderfully free and strong spirit! “I raised three kids on my own and I didn’t have any family to call on,” she explained to Up North Live. “Back in the ’60s, I was the oddball. [There weren’t many] women who were divorced.”

When asked if she was nervous about the jump, Pat said, “It was exhilarating… I wasn’t nervous at all, It’s not something you can easily explain — floating down it’s peaceful and gorgeous… I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Pat is already planning an exhilarating adventure for her 78th birthday on May 6 next year, and refuses to let people tell her she’s “too old”:

“You tell me I can’t do something and I’ll find a way to do it,” Pat said. “I’m not afraid to try, I think that’s always been my motto.”

Charlevoix Granny Scratches Sky-Diving Off Bucket List | Up North Live

Featured photo credit: Charlevoix Granny Scratches Sky-Diving Off Bucket List | Up North Live via youtube.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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