Motivational Speaker in Portland, OR
As a young boy growing up on a farm, Brad Larsen spent many a hot, summer day on a tractor in the middle of the hay field. On those days (or you could say “While he worked, he would dream of….” just to avoid redundancy), he would dream of gliding across a calm lake on water skis, pulled by a boat. In his dream, as he leaned in to the turn, he would stretch and make one of those big rooster tails like he saw in the movies. Later in life when he had his own boat and had the opportunity to fulfill that dream, he found it wasn’t as easy as it looked. Making those big rooster tails began with making some key decisions. The first time that he was able to get up on a slalom ski, he found himself outside the wave created behind the boat, known as the wake. To a novice water skier like himself, the wake can seem daunting. But to fulfill his dream of making rooster tails, he had to decide to cross the wake. The same is true for everyone! Deciding to cross the wake doesn’t lessen the challenges of water skiing, but with hard work, creativity and optimism, the wake can be conquered. Once the wake is crossed, the big rooster tails, that Dr. Larsen dreamed about as a young boy, can be accomplished. With hard work, optimism and creativity we can mitigate the challenges we face in life, but our dreams can only come true if we make the decision to cross the wake. Dr. Larsen inspires his audiences with his own personal stories of crossing some particularly difficult "wakes" in his life, fulfilling his personal dreams. Audiences are entertained and inspired as he shares his own unique stories in a light hearted, humorous manner.
Live Remarkably: Make it happen!
Shortly after Brad and Cindy Larsen were married, Cindy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. At that time, treatment options were limited. Cindy was told that she would probably live 20 years or less. Being young and somewhat naïve, they went about their lives, still confident of the rich promise of the future. By choosing “normal,” Brad and Cindy have managed to create a life that has been nothing less than remarkable
Joys And Challenges
"The estimated prevalence of caring for an adult is 16.6%, or 39.8 million Americans. Approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months."
"Nearly half of caregivers say they did not have a choice in taking on their caregiving role." Caregiving in the U.S. – AARP 2015 Report www.aarp.org/content/dam/.../caregiving-in-the-united-states-2015-report-revised.pdf.
Brad and Cindy Larsen had been married for two years when Cindy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Their oldest son was only 6 months old and Brad was just beginning his second year of dental school. At the time, treatment options for MS were limited. The prognosis was dire. Perhaps, a life span of 20 years. Forty two years have passed with MS as a not-so-silent-partner in their marriage.
“For years, I took care of my wife, Cindy, because that is just what you do. But one day, things changed. I had an epiphany. Now I care for Cindy because I want to, because I choose to. Caregiving has changed from a task to a source of joy and personal fulfillment.” Brad Larsen
Rockin’ In The 60’s:
ROCKIN’ IN THE 60’S: SUCCESSFUL AGING Today, one in three Americans is 50 or older. By 2030, one in five U.S. residents will be 65 and older. One out of every 8 Americans is considered "old" and represents 12.9% of the U.S. population. Those age 65 and older numbered 41.5 million in 2012, a number that has continued to explode.
“Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.” Atul Gawande, Being Moral: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Just because you have a few more gray hairs and an ache or two doesn’t mean you have to sit on the sidelines. Life continues to present some pretty daunting “wakes,” but as we attack them the rooster tails are none the less amazing as those we make in our forties.