This Will Change Your Perception Of What It Means To Be Old

There is no age limit for living your dream.

At what age do you think you'll stop being adventurous? 45 years old? 50 years old? How about 55? 

Age-related stereotypes might have you believe that 60 and up is when you should slow down and reflect on times past, rather than focus on adventures of the present. 

But Russian journalist and photographer Vladimir Yakovlev believes this perception robs us of living a full life. Accomplishing one's goals does not have to stop at any age.  Not even for people over 99. 

Yakovlev's international project titled "The Age of Happiness" proves this point by sharing the stories of highly active elderly people all over the world through interivews, books, workshops and photographs. 

The work "serves to change your perception of life after 70, 80 or even 100," according to its Facebook page, and ultimately sends the message that you have more time than you think. 

On describing "The Age of Happiness'" proposal, literay agency Galina Dursthoff states: 

People nowadays live to the age of 80-90. The first 30 years are a period of study and of accumulating experience; subsequent 30 years are a time for self-realization, while the final 30 years could become a time to realize your own desires. There is a good reason why many elderly people do not want to return to their youth. Many of the characters in the book believe that the age after 60 is the most productive time in their lives. Their duties to society have been fulfilled, their children have grown up, they have plenty of time, and so they can embark on their own path to happiness. Isn't that something that you dream of all your life?

Yakovlev's photographs, coupled with the incredible stories of his subjects, capture a kind of energetic youth one does not usually associate with the elderly.

In that way, the photos remind us age truly is just a mindset. 

Boris Ulatov, 75

Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness
Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness

Thanks to regular training, 75-year-old cross-country skier, Boris Ulatov, can cover a distance of ten kilometers in half an hour! By comparison, 26-year-old world champion and two-time Olympic medalist, Petter Northug, traverses the same distance nine minutes faster.

Charles Yugster, 93

Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness
Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness

"We have confused illness with the process of aging, which can be completely healthy. Illnesses are not absolute conditions for old age!" 

Igor Goldman, 79

Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness
Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness

"The older I get, the easier it is to set world records." 

Tao Porchon Linch, 94

Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness
Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness

 "Don't tell me what I can't do. I am not interested in that. I am interested in what I can do."

Paul Fegen, 78

Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness
Vladimir Yakovlev, Age of Happiness

For a large part of his life, Paul Fegen was a multi-millionaire. Now, at 78, he does card tricks. "I wasn't a bad businessman," he says. "But I'm a better magician."

Duan Tzinfu, 73

Pat and Alicia Moorhead, 81 and 66

Montserrat Mecho, 78

Yvonne Dowlen, 80,

Valentin Badich, 75

Grace Cook, 84

Michel Fournier, 67

H/T ViralNova