And What’s YOUR Excuse?

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Is Your Excuse Worth Your Time?

Do you think that you have a legitimate excuse as to why you aren’t doing what you want to do? Of course you do. So do I. But are we cheating ourselves based upon the following story. Clearly if you want something bad enough, there are no restrictions that can really stop you. Not when you decide that you have something worthwhile to do, and that by doing so, you will make the world a better place.

Consider these two amazing people. Martin Kafer, 85, and his wife, Esther, 84, both successfully climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest  mountain, on Sunday, making them the worlds oldest couple to do so. The Tanzanian mountain is 5,885 metres high (19,341 feet). This is an incredible feat all unto itself, but there’s more. In the process of the climb, they also raised money for the awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, whom Martin’s sister suffers from. The entire Ascent for Alzheimer’s team raised a total of more than $210,000, so this became so much more than just a personal triumph.




I am very impressed, because this couple did not use the excuse of their age, or anything else. I am always impressed by people who don’t make excuses, they don’t whine, they just suck it up and get it done!! It is a huge lesson and a great example for me. How can I, a gal 30 years younger, even think of making a wimpy excuse for why I can’t do this or that. Truth is, I can. What a terrific inspiration and example these two have turned out to be.




It’s also noteworthy that Esther and Martin grew up in Switzerland and met on a mountain top. They celebrated their honeymoon in 1953 while climbing the Matterhorn, and have been climbing mountains for more than 50 years. They have climbed summits at least 500 times on as many mountains in many countries over the years. They are truly a remarkable couple, with NO excuse!

Thanks Martin and Esther. The whole world owes you a huge salute. You have officially ruined my odds of making any realistic excuses for at least the next 30 years.

Esther and Martin say:  “Be active all of the time, eat well, use your arms, your legs and your head. Most of all your head. Take every day as a bonus day

What’s YOUR Excuse?  And what are you going to do about it? Please comment below.

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11 Responses to “And What’s YOUR Excuse?”

  1. Laurie Rogers Says:

    What an inspiring story! I love their advise: use your arms and legs and head, but mostly your head! I think I'd like to meet them!


    sigrid Reply:

    Me too Laurie. What an honor that would be!



  2. Lois Blank Says:

    Yes.. what a great feat to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro at their age. Good on them!


    Bonnie Betts Reply:

    Love it!


    Rose Bailey Reply:

    Lois, you have some of the most inspirational and heartwarming stories. I am knowing more about you since you left the neighborhood. Thank you for revealing yourself more.


    Linda Schroeder Reply:

    What beautiful photos. Saw you on Charlene Warners site. I was one year ( Class of 66) behind Ralph in HS…I see your Mom every week as I volunteer at the NH! Has she seen these photos? What a wonderful adventure. Garry Harpur, our Senior Forgien Exchange student was from New Zealand. He has been back a couple of times. His son did live in Chicago. linda


    sigrid Reply:

    Isn’t it awesome?



  3. Rachel Williamson Says:

    Sigrid, wow, no excuses now! What a dynamite story…reminds me a bit of my parents….still playing tennis every week at 85….managing other people’s vacation homes at 81….grandparents of 46+ and 24 or so great grands!
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    sigrid Reply:

    Hey Rachel, that is so cool about your parents. We need to let people know about these incredible role models. They raise the bar for the rest of us!



  4. Dagmar Wicharydagmarw Says:

    I totally agree ,we should all stop making excuses and get on with our lives, forget the whining.I for one am just as guilty . This couple is putting us to shame


    sigrid Reply:

    me too Dagmar. Lets just get r done!



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