The author, Peter deLannoy and Linda Salzmann in Mexico City

A few years ago my wife mentioned to me over breakfast on a Saturday that she wanted to live to be 100 years old and she wanted to make this milestone in good health. Then she asked me if I would do it with her. At the time I was in my late fifties and my fitness wasn’t that great and I said, “Of course…but I don’t know if I can.”

Honestly, it was a life altering conversation because I realized that my health wasn’t as good as I thought it was and I actually started to think about the quality of my life in retirement. I also realized that getting older and aging well was a choice. I can have fitness and I can have good health as long as I am willing to make the commitment to do the work. Pills and diet…the easy way out, actually don’t work…you might still be alive at 100 years old but what about living a life? See my most recent post: Is CrossFit A Cure For Chronic Disease?

I have spent the last few years asking, what do I want to do for the rest of my life? And, how can I manage my goals at the highest levels possible?

The process of asking these questions has propelled me down the road of reflection. It has made me think long and hard about the choices that I made over the last two decades, the values that I hold dear to my heart, and the appreciation I have for my daughter and wife which is, beyond question, the best part of my life.

I’ve known all my life that I am a late bloomer. As a child, I matured more slowly than other kids and it seems that I always started things later than I should have. Like waiting to climb 5.13 until I was 38 when my fingers and elbows were trashed or spending eight years teaching at a state university only to quit and walk away from a tenured position—which by the way was the right thing to do—I know that much at this point.

I have come to the conclusion that I am beginning to understand who I am. I know for example that I am a good story teller and will continue to publish those stories here at boomer100. I know that my stories have drawn more visits to Boomer 100 than anything else that I have posted. My hope is that others will stop here and read about my adventures and be inspired to dream big and live their dreams!