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The wonder woman that is Miss Norma

“And then I realized that to be more alive I had to be less afraid, so I did it. I lost my fear and gained my whole life.” — Author Unknown

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one Wednesday afternoon when I stumbled across Miss Norma’s story. I couldn’t quite believe that I hadn’t heard about this incredible woman, so I decided to write a post about this hella strong female in an attempt to spread her story and zest for life.

At the grand age of 90, just days after her husband had passed away with cancer, Miss Norma Jean Bauerschmidt from Michigan found out that she was also ill with a cancerous mass on her uterus. Despite this tragic discovery, Miss Norma remained positive. When her doctor asked Norma how she would like to go about her treatment, she looked the doctor straight in the eye and said, “I’m 90 years old, I’m hitting the road”.

Miss Norma prescribed herself travel, that’s right travel!

Photo courtesy of ‘Driving Miss Norma’ Facebook

Norma took to the road with her son Tim, daughter in law Ramie and dog Ringo. They all piled into Tim’s RV and off they went. The trio and Ringo travelled 13,000 miles across 32 different states and the gang slept in 75 different locations!

Miss Norma ticked so many things off her bucket list during this trip of a lifetime, like flying in a hot air balloon and whale watching as well as visiting some of the most amazing places on the planet, including the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore… to name a couple. Norma also experienced many firsts on her journey, like having a pedicure for the first time in Atlanta and tasting lobster for the first time in Maine.

525,286 people went on this magical journey with her via Facebook and wrote many words of encouragement and admiration on her posts. Check out the Facebook page ‘Driving Miss Norma’.

Norma’s trip lasted 13 months in total. She spent her last 13 months saying YES to life. Seeing the world and deciding to live her life to the fullest was the treatment Miss Norma decided to prescribe herself.

The love that Norma had for life, her ability to live in the moment and her courage to make the decision to travel is admirable. Imagine if we could all sprinkle a little bit of Miss Norma’s energy into our hectic day to day lives and step back to appreciate what we have in the here and now… the world would be a brighter place for sure. We’re all so quick to live our lives at a million miles per hour, constantly striving for the house, the car, the job. Ambition is a great trait to have but this story should make us realise that enjoying the journey is crucial.

If Miss Norma’s story can teach us anything it is to enjoy the journey that is LIFE and appreciate what we have every single day! Embrace all the opportunities that come your way and travel, because travel is medicine for the soul!

Photo courtesy of ‘Driving Miss Norma’ Facebook



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