I wish I had met her. It’s amazing how some people can make a lasting impression, even if you’ve never met them. Even if you only saw them for a fleeting moment. That person for me is the woman I saw last weekend. I was up at the cabin, taking a leisurely run through the pine trees in northern Arizona. The road was curvy, long, and had about a 20% grade (ok, well it wasn’t that steep, but don’t tell my thighs that!) I was on my way down (thankfully) when the sound of an ATV racing up the hill overpowered even the Eric Church song I had cranked up to 11. Getting ready to give my best attempt at a long, angry glare to what I was sure was some young out of control kid on his parents’ ATV, you can imagine my surprise when what rounded the corner was actually a very fit, 65-year-old-ish woman with long, flowing, shiny, gray hair and the biggest, brightest, most genuine smile I had seen in a long time. Pure happiness. It was infectious. It made me smile. And it made me think now that’s a life well-lived!
I started to wonder how she has lived her life to get to this point. Active, in shape, content, happy. Undoubtedly the result of day in and day out healthy living and eating. The image of her carefree, happy-go-lucky, confidence is forever burned in my mind. I wanted what she had. And my first step to get what she’s got was to create great-tasting, satisfying, healthy oatmeal bars that I could eat for breakfast, lunch, or a midnight snack and still feel good about it.
I know myself, though… these couldn’t be your standard I’m-pretty-sure-I’m-eating-bark type of healthy oatmeal bars. They needed a bit of sugar and spice. Cinnamon? Yep. Bananas and dried cherries? Perfect. Chocolate? Of course! And throw in some roasted cashews- you can’t get to be a 65-ish healthy, active, inspiring person without some protein.
Yep, that must be it. She got there by eating good-for-you things like healthy oatmeal bars. Well, either that, or a double shot of whiskey straight up every night.
If I ever get the pleasure of meeting her, I’ll have to ask. Until then, I’ll stick to my healthy oatmeal bars. They’re actually really good!