In the world and the time that we live, there are windows that open and close on a regular basis regulating our opportunities on this earth. Time waits on no one or nothing; inanimate objects eventually fall to ruin and people live out their lives as they see fit, never taking the opportunities given them as time moves quickly by. We all have purpose in this life and taking the opportunities that are given can change the world or simply change the world around them. Combining purpose and perception together, we realize that who we are is not just about us but those we connect with.
They say that age determines our fate, and we age graciously and fade into history, or so the system says. There are those who buck the system and refuse to listen to the status quo or be a part of it. Geoff Hamrick is one of those individuals who is not contained within the limits of age, that, when the window is open, he jumps through it and lets the games begin. Sure, he has a job, a home to take care of, kids, a grandkid, and wife, with each of these containing their own adventures that makes his life complete.
There is also his sideline purpose and that is to defy the odds with his 53 year old body. He recently ran in the OCR World Championship obstacle run held in Ohio. It was a brutal 10 mile race that had 55 obstacles and 1500 of the best athletes in the world from 22 countries. This is not a race that anyone can enter; you have to qualify first and then be invited. To give you an insight, the world has billions of people in it, and only 1500 were invited to this race. In his age bracket of over 50, Geoff placed 11th out of the 90 who qualified. He also came in 258th overall, not a bad feat for someone who leads a somewhat regular life. When asked how he gets through the obstacles and keeps going, simply put, “It is a mindset.” One has to look at life differently, goals and dreams are important and the only way to attain either one is to never quit or give up. Keep your perception at a higher level and to believe in something that is greater than yourself. One has the power to change not only you but those around you.
Congratulations Geoff Hamrick, you inspire greatness.