My son and I played a wicked game of tennis at the Prairie Village municipal city courts over the weekend. It was already 85 degrees by 10AM when we got there, but that didn't stop the 25 or so senior citizens we saw playing each other in doubles. They were laughing and having a great time. Some in wife beaters and sweats, others in Fila and matchy matchy outfits. Some were even using the old wooden Wilson rackets from back in the 70's (probably still in my parents garage too). Nonetheless, we had to stop for a moment and watch. The fun was contagious.
A particular match we were watching left me wondering if the couple was in their late 70's or early 80's. This is significant because... as the couple we were watching scored against the other couple... they approached each other, smiled, and gave each other a confident knuckle bump.
Wha? My 12 yr old son and I darted a look at each other and laughed out loud. That was awesome!!! And no matter where these old folks learned the knuckle bump, the fact was, they were using it. And looking like they'd been doing it every score for the last several decades. It looked natural because they embraced it. I bet they have done that all their lives... rolled with the punches, tried new things, embraced change because Lord knows it's the only thing we can count on.
It gives me hope for the 50, 40 and 30 somethings who tell me they don't understand social networks or up to date technology, so they don't use it. Get in the game friends... EVOLVE before you get so far behind you won't be able to catch up! Times are changing. Embrace green. Embrace technology. Embrace change.
I love these seniors using Wii to get back in the game at their retirement communities!