As old as you feel
IRENE O’Shea might be 101 years old, but her adventurous spirit knows no age.
Yesterday, she jumped into the Guinness World Record Books, becoming the oldest woman to skydive, when she leapt from a plane with SA Skydiving tandem master, Jed Smith.
It was a 15-minute flight to reach the 4.5km above the earth, a 50-second free-fall and a five-minute parachute fall toward the earth.
Irene did what seemed the impossible: jumping out of a plane at an older age than any woman before her.
She is an inspiration to any of us who have thought that we couldn’t do something – that our age was holding us back; that our bodies would let us down; that our boundaries could no longer be further stretched.
And the fact Irene has done this while raising money for to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease – which cruelly took her daughter’s life, aged 67, in 2008 – is another achievement of which she should be incredibly proud.
Congratulations Irene – may we all take your lead and do something to challenge ourselves and make the world a better place at the same time.