Friday Inspiration - If You Think You Can, You Can!

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Friday Inspiration - If You Think You Can, You Can!


This morning while out hiking in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve I noticed a very unusual hiking duo.  I was just about to cross over the main path to head back to my home. I just happened to look up the hill and was amazed by what I saw. I quickly took out my phone and adjusted the camera to try to catch a shot.


There they were - a seemingly very odd couple hiking - one young lady and one older lady.  I have been hiking this mountain preserve for well over 25 years and not once have I seen a much, much older person hiking UP the hill.  I was stunned to see the older lady slowly making her way up the first leg of the 1 1/2 mile hike up to the top. I don't know how far she would make it up the hill but trust me, getting as far as she got seemed like a miracle to me.


Friday Inspiration - If you think you can, you can!


Seeing this lady attempting to hike up the hill slowly, very slowly got me to stop my short spurt of mumbling about how my feet hurt this morning. Waa Waa Waa. Enough already!  Some days they hurt and other days they're fine. But regardless, I go hiking either way because I love hiking and being outside. And the less I think about it the better it gets.  Sounds familiar - doesn't it!!


Here she is - still going up the hill!


Friday Inspiration - If you think you can, you can!


I was able to catch a couple of quick shots of the hiking duo between the trees from my lower path. She looked determined to keep going up the hill! I kind of wish I had been on my way up the hill rather than at the end of my hike.  I would have loved to experience seeing this very cool & inspiring lady get up the hill as far as she possibly could make it. And wouldn't I be surprised if she made it to the top. Miracles do happen every day!


Friday Inspiration - If You Think You Can, You Can!



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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI - my mother is 88 and I have had hikes like that with her.  She holds my arm, but is determined to make it!

Oct 27, 2017 02:49 PM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely inspiring moment you witnessed and thank you so much for sharing it with us.  Wishing you a great weekend.A

Oct 27, 2017 02:59 PM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Where there is a will, there is a way.  That's a truly inspiring sight.

Oct 27, 2017 03:04 PM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Oct 27, 2017 03:05 PM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Thanks for the Feature Chris Ann Cleland 

Oct 27, 2017 03:08 PM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

She's probably better at it than I'd be :)

Oct 27, 2017 03:47 PM #9
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Your post reminds me of a 10-K run I participated in about 35 years ago. I was running uphill and thought I was going to poop out. Suddenly, I hear a man yelling to all of us -encouraging us to keep going and not give up.

The man passes me . . . he has no feet. His legs end in these strange pogo-stick like shoes and he's the one telling us to keep going!

I read about him in the paper the next day - he had been born without feet and decided to do all the things in life that he "shouldn't" have been able to do.

Same type of inspiration as your older hiker.

Oct 27, 2017 04:43 PM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's very inspiring.  My 95 year old dad still gets out for a short walk almost every day.  I hope I can be so lucky.

Oct 27, 2017 04:43 PM #11
Kevin Keithley
PrimeVest Partners, LLC - Atherton, CA

Wow! Very inspiring. Age doesnt matter if you want to do something you really love. 

Oct 27, 2017 10:34 PM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again Anna. I love this and agree. We do as much as want and some do more.

Oct 28, 2017 06:13 AM #13
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Anna -- this photo captures the essence of determination and persistence.   

Oct 28, 2017 07:10 AM #14
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

A ride on an all-terrain vehicle would have gotten her to the top faster. But she wasn't seeking efficiency.

Oct 28, 2017 07:25 AM #15
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Will that be us in 40 years?  What an inspiring story.  Nothing is going to stop this lady.  She does what she wants!

Oct 28, 2017 09:04 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Gosh, I wish you'd have asked if you could use my picture hiking up that mountain, Anna - I would have slung my cane out of the shot!

Honestly, sometimes I think I'm moving at that pace too but, determination inspires us to push for more...and if we push, we accomplish!

Oh, I love everything about this post, Anna!  I even love that the younger woman is so patient with the elderly woman. Everyone is not cut from that cloth and I admire people who care for our elderly.

Oct 28, 2017 12:42 PM #17
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Anna, now we have to wonder about the motivation of the senior lady for the climb. Maybe to visit a special place from her youth?

Oct 28, 2017 02:05 PM #18
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm inspired seeing such things too! I just adore people who keep moving on even no one expects them to....

Oct 28, 2017 11:12 PM #19
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI 

What the mind of man can conceive AND believe can be achieved AND that works in reverse too.

Oct 29, 2017 05:51 AM #20
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - Great photos and an inspiring story. Maybe I'll just shut up about my knees.

Oct 29, 2017 09:11 AM #21
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

How wonderful!  Whether she made it or not I prefer to think she persevered to the top!

Oct 29, 2017 09:50 PM #22
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I hope she made it as well. It is inspiring to see people accomplishing tasks that, if not seen as impossible, are seen as unlikely for those people to accomplish. Thank you for sharing. 

Nov 26, 2017 04:10 PM #23
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