Editor's note: For a full schedule of Game events, visit www.seniorgames.net. The Games continue today with some provisions made due to inclement weather.
ST. GEORGE – Some people we encounter paint our spirits with delight by their very presence; Julian Myers and his wife Patsy are such people.
Perhaps someone once told them, “live life to the fullest,” and they gave a ready and willing, OK. Or perhaps it is just in their make-up to be this way. I don’t really know, I just know it is so – and their open and bold embrace of living fully and grandly emanates from them, as I learned from speaking to him when he came into The Dogfather.
This “young” man of 92 years is here in St. George, again, to compete in the Senior Games. I’m convinced that he is sure to take home the Gold, although there is one older competitor that does often beat him by throwing the javelin further.
He shared with me, in calm confidence, that he is here to compete in 13 events. In the past, a limitation was imposed restricting him to six events. That limitation has been removed, and his pleasure at being “unchained” to run and leap and jump for 13 medals was palpable.
As Julian fueled up with his chili dog, enjoying Hollywood reminiscences and “catch-up” with another of my dearest customers, Patrick Curtis of Gone With The Wind Fame, I gave ear to simple heart-thoughts of Patsy’s.
In essence, with bright sparkly eyes, she shared with me one of her life views that when circumstances become difficult, she has long learned to just allow them to bring change that you might not have sought otherwise.
She smiled and related that so often she has found you look back with gratitude for the change, as it brought something into your life that was good and better for the time. Apt words of encouragement for many of us today, I thought. Perhaps they are not particularly new, but there is a penetrating credibility to the encouragement when it comes from such a dynamic little duo.
Julian will be competing in Track and Field events, located at the Snow Canyon High School, and I for one am looking forward to his laurels.