Grandma a Cheerleader?
Yes! A 55-year-old woman is attempting to fulfill a dream she had in her 20's: to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader. As a single Mom , she dreamt of being a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys but the timing was poor. Now as a 55-year-old grandma, she competed against hundreds of other women last Saturday and is awaiting the results. Sharon Simmons has been an actress, an author, a fitness competitor and has her own website. Most recently at 50 she began competing in fitness competitions, winning nearly half of them, which led to fitness modeling. Trust us when we say this woman looks great at 55! No matter what you think of the cheerleading thing, those of us older gals should know that it is never too late to pursue a dream!
Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader
Sharon Simmons has written a book entitled, "Triple F - Fifty Fit and Fabulous." The book targets women in midlife and educates on how to keep yourself looking good at 50. A champion in fitness competitions, Simmons tells her own story and how she overcame adversity in training for fitness competitions when she had zero experience. Fifty is the new thirty, and Sharon Simmons also gives new perspective on approaching middle age, as well as living our lives to the fullest and aging gracefully. Using her Southern charm, Sharon Simmons uses "Texas talk" when describing her journey and setting goals. Simmons also gives good information on how to make fitness a life-long commitment, outlining how to eat, look good at any age and of course, stay fit. The book is offered online and in paperback version.
Sharon SimmonsA commercial realtor, Sharon Simmons also has a website dedicated to helping women be fit and look good, called "fitnessanyage.com." On the website, she tells her success story of what led her to where she is today. Sharon Simmons grew up in a poor family, with her mother working three jobs just to pay the bills. Because of their financial situation, Simmons had to wear hand-me-downs that their church donated and she was made fun of. Having a mom working so much had she and her two siblings basically raised themselves, spending a lot of time outdoors playing sports, among other things. Their activity planted the seed for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader hopeful to stay fit, and she has worked out for over 35 years.
At the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Competition, Simmons has said that she forgot her routine, but improvised. Still, she is positive about the experience having done it at all at her age. So far, it remains to be seen when she will know whether or not she made the Dallas Cowboys Cheer Squad.
We have to hand it to Sharon Simmons for not letting her age get in the way of an early dream. And even if she didn't make the cheerleading squad, at least she tried and had fun performing. Her actions should empower us to go ahead and go for it! We don't need to let our age limit pursuing whichever dream it is that we have. Thankfully, we live in a society where older women are succeeding and looking good. We don't need to be handicapped by our age!