They say that you should never try to teach an old dog new tricks. Then again, they also say that you are really only as young as you feel.
So which one is right? This story seems to give credence to the latter, as a British man demonstrated in the video below.
Verdun Hayes is living his life to the fullest as a thrill-seeker, and that’s despite the fact that he’s 101 years old. Despite being at the age where most people would want to be at the very least retired, he became the world’s oldest tandem skydiver.
Hayes completed a jump from an airplane that had been 15,000 feet above Devon, England. According to The Huffington Post, he said the whole experience was “beautiful…I’d do it again tomorrow. I would, truthfully. It’s lovely.”
Now, when we say he became the world’s oldest tandem skydiver, we actually mean he broke the record. The previous record holder, Canadian Armand Gendreau, was also 101 years old, but Hayes has a few more weeks on him. Gendreau was 101 years and three days old, while Hayes was 101 years and 37 days old.
Hayes originally intended to jump out of a plane when he was 90, but his wife was reportedly against the idea. She has since passed away.
It seems it was for the best that he waited, since he will go down in history as a record-breaker. Hayes has had a long and colorful life, being a World War II veteran. He explained, “A lot of people ask me how I’ve lived so long…I’d say, ‘Just keep breathing!’”
Reportedly, he also jumped to help raise money for the British Royal Legion, who helps veterans like Hayes. Although his wife originally disapproved, the event turned into something of a family affair, as ten members of Hayes’ family also jumped with him in support.
For his trouble, he even got interviewed on the BBC.
We really hope we end up just like Hayes when we get to be 101. Then again, we’d probably just be happy to be 101 years of age and still be alive!