This week I watched an unbelievable woman win an incredibly challenging dance competition. Her age was only one of the amazing things about her.
It would have been impossible to guess her age if I’d been asked to try. Standing in her skin tight dress next to her 35 year-old male partner, she was stunning and every inch as fit as he was – and she was 71 years-old.
They were dressed like figure skaters and as the dance began, they moved so graceful and smooth, that they looked more like ice skaters than dancers. They twirled, turned, twisted and spun to the point of making me a little dizzy just watching. At one point, her partner swung her around and around in circles while holding on to just one ankle and wrist. I felt my own limbs ache a little as I watched.
When they finished to a standing ovation, I noticed something in her face that I couldn’t describe right away.
That night I was lying in bed thinking about the grueling workouts it took for that beautiful 71 year- old woman to master such a difficult dance routine. I finally knew the word that described the look on her face and the glow that was surrounding her.
It was her Superpower. It was her ZEST!
Her ZEST for life I witnessed in that moment will forever inspire me.
ZEST wasn’t a Superpower I wrote about in Superpowers Activated. If I had seen that beautiful woman exhibit such grace, strength and accomplishment before writing the book, ZEST would definitely have been included.
What gives you ZEST for life? Can others see it? Is it your Superpower?
p.s. You can see Quin Bommelje and her partner in the America’s Got Talent competition here.