Just because you get older doesn’t mean you must slow down. Your golden years don’t have to be all about knitting and bingo.
As one adventurous granny proves, you can still get out there and live a life that would tire out most 20-somethings.
Case in point: Anne Robertson, from Virginia, recently celebrated her 84th birthday—by jumping out of a plane.
That’s a pretty extreme activity for someone her age, but for Robertson, it’s nothing new. It’s just the latest item to check off on her “bucket list.”
Many people have their list of life experiences they want to try before they “kick the bucket,” so to speak, but Robertson has been making good on hers. She’s already walked the Great Wall of China:
Swam with dolphins in Antigua:
And visited Thailand to play with elephants:
Robertson doesn’t do it all alone: her daughter and grandkids frequently join her on her experiences (when they can keep up, that is.)
So when Robertson announced she wanted to go skydiving, the family—daughter Anne and grandchildren Sydney, Christopher, Blake and Madison—knew they had to join grandma on her birthday.
“Just something I wanted to do, and wanted to do it with a child and grandchildren,” Robertson told WTKR.
Her family is impressed by her bold spirit, even serving as an inspiration to her grandchildren, who hope they’ll be this cool when they get older.
“Just her joyful spirit … I’d want my grandkids to look at me the same way I look at her,” grandson Chris Schlosser said.
While trying new things is always personally fulfilling, Robertson isn’t just doing it for herself: often, her ventures are for a good cause.
She jumps into icy cold waters for charity as part of the “Polar Bear Plunge” every year, served a mission in Africa, and walked from Virginia Beach to Corolla, North Carolina. She also encourages supporting the Special Olympics.
So how many more items are on her list? Robertson says she keeps adding new adventures to the list, ensuring that she won’t be slowing down for a long time … though it might be hard to top skydiving.
“I want to zipline and I want to parasail,” she said.
“The children say I should’ve done that before this, ‘cause that’ll be kind of anti-climactic,” she joked.