Contrary to the stories about the evils and viciousness of Facebook, when I started using it actively about a year ago all I saw were the surprising number of acquaintances who, though I saw them only last week, were now apparently in Paris, and a constant stream of feel-good messages. Instead of people being nasty, it was all lovehearts and people assuring the world that they’ve made it.
And sometimes, it is inspiring! Here’s one such example. It’s the story of Ernestine Shepherd. Ernestine started lifting weights at the age of 56, and now, at the age of 77 looks and speaks like a woman in her 30s. She gets up every morning at 2:30am to go for a run with her husband, and I love the scenes of her in her kitchen at this early hour. She is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest female bodybuilder; if they had a category for inspiring others, she’d be a record-breaker in that section too.
If you’re a woman, or a man, and you’re planning a couch potato future, you might like to listen to Ernestine.