Daymaker - a person who performs acts of kindness with the intention of making the world a better place.
~ David Wagner
, author of Life as a Daymaker; how to change the world by making someone's day ~

DayMaker - any thought, word, or deed that spreads happiness, compassion, or fruitful ideas.
~ Annis Cassells ~

Monday, July 11, 2011

Going for It

Port Orford, OR
Destination: San Jose. Goal: doing what we love. We three amigas, Laurie, Virginia and I, zipped down the coast highway on our motorcycles, filling our senses with the sights and smells -- the gorgeous ocean vistas and the aroma of the redwoods. Our second day out, we cut a swath through morning sun-lit vineyards, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, maneuvered the streets of San Francisco, and made it safely to San Jose for the 25thAnniversary Women on Wheels® International Ride-In.
Laurie & Virginia at Dolce Hayes Mansion
Once there, we met up with Bakersfield buddies, Sylvia and Trudy, and began the round of greetings and squeals as more and more motorcycling friends from all over the country rolled in. It was three days of riding, reminiscing, meeting new folks, and celebrating the joys and triumphs that we experience when motorcycling. It was a time to remember those who couldn’t make it this year and to look forward to seeing everyone at the 2012 Ride-In.
The woman who took the “Oldest Female Rider” plaque at the Awards Ceremony was born only a year ahead of me. I looked around at the banquet tables full of white, grey, and salt-and-pepper heads and noticed a few folks who might have given the winner a run for her money in the age department. But, they hadn’t submitted their names and birthdates.

One thing that keeps us silent about our age is that we want to continue as we always have, and we don’t want anyone telling us we’re too old. We want to try new things and not be discouraged because of someone else’s notion about age and what’s appropriate. In answer to the question of how old she is, my friend Donna always says, “I’m ageless.”

Age is just a number. On either end of the continuum, it doesn’t have to be limiting. At 76, Clara Barton rode in the mule wagons and worked as a battlefield nurse during the Spanish-American War. Ben Franklin was 79 when he invented bifocals. At 13, Bill Gates wrote his first computer program. When 18, Tommy Hilfiger opened his first clothing store. And, union organizer Mother Jones wrote her autobiography when she was 95.

Inside, I still feel like the 40-year-old Annis. With the help of a little glucosamine chondroitin, I’m ready for doing zumba and gym workouts, hiking trails, and riding my motorcycle. 

At a fuel stop on our way home from the Ride-In, Laurie and I walked into the building, and I held the door open for the young man who was coming out. I heard him say, “Thank you very much,” sort of like Elvis. “You’re welcome,” I answered. Both Laurie and the store clerk looked surprised; they thought he’d said “Thanks, Grandma.” Maybe he did, but so what.

Whatever your age, you still have time to do something extraordinary, or something that you’ve always dreamed of trying. Right now is that time. 

Zip-lining in Juneau, AK
What is it that you have on your to-do list?

~ xoA


  1. I love this! THx for sharing. I started triathlons at 38 and some people that knew me thought I was crazy for starting this since I was never athletic before. But lo and behold the toughest and most competitive women's age group for triathlons is 40-44. I just turned 40 so I'm now in that most competitive group and I just left the second most competitive group 35-39. So never give up and do what your heart desires!!!

  2. Excellent! What drive and just plain gumption you have! Congratulations on going for it. And, thanks for writing. xoA

  3. Annis, I am new to bloging, in fact, I just left a lifetime n NY and NJ for San Antonio. My wife suffers from autoimmune diseases, and the cold climate became such a drain on her. I quit my job as a partner in a consulting firm, and will start my own business coaching business on August 1.. I just turned sixty, I think young, but many thought I was deranged to start a new business in a place where I have no network. I just believe with kindness and love everything works out.
    I love your mind, heart and perspective. Your writing is clear as a morning sunrise over the sands. I gain so much hope for all knowing people like you inhabit this planet.


  4. Good for you, Sid, stepping out there and making such a huge change! I love that you are trusting that things will work out. And, I know that they will. Thanks so much for sharing your story and for your kind words. xoA

  5. You are an inspiration, Annis! I'm kind of fearful of motorcycles, so I'll let you ride for me!

  6. Thanks, Debbie. I was fearful, too, until sometime in my late forties when a friend took me for a ride. Then, I was hooked and was soon riding. Having the proper training and focus is a huge help. Like for anything. xoA