According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, by definition the phrase ‘pushing the envelope’ is to behave in a more extreme way or to try new things that have not been acceptable or tried before. These words regularly sum up the actions of Suncare’s customer, Barry Pittard.
The retired schoolteacher decided to take matters into his own hands after falling ill and receiving a not-so-good future health prognosis.
As Barry says, “many times, little equals big. You need to take small steps, but regularly, in order to achieve results. Like starting with one word, adding more words and making a song. And it always needs to be fun.”
As you may have guessed, Barry has recently rediscovered his singing voice and hopes to share his love of music and his poetry at Retirement facilities in Mapleton and surrounds.
Barry loves writing poetry, and with some success as his poem “Ukraine 2022” was recently published.
When it comes to exercise Barry suggests you be gentle on yourself.
“Start with moving a finger. Run like a snail, but run. And use your common sense – your body will tell you what you can do next. The secret is in doing it, not overdoing it.”
Barry now attends the local gym four times a week and his health has improved substantially.
He loves being independent, and while he likes to walk or catch the bus, he also enjoys the social support and taxi vouchers as part of his Suncare Home Care Package. Thank you Barry for encouraging us all to keep pushing the envelope!