It’s exhilarating. And it was something I always wanted to do again. And now here I’m going to be able to do it. Here I am doing it! Yes As we grow old, we tend to lose our thirst for adventure. We go to school, get a job, and have kids and even if all of those things could be amazing, in that process we sometimes get too comfortable and forget about the adventure in our lives. Living by the Yes Theory means not living life in the passenger seat. It’s about embracing challenges. Understanding that discomfort leads to growth, and most importantly, that it’s never too late to live. So, we contacted Wish of a Lifetime, a non-profit aiming to shift the way our society views and treats our oldest generations by fulfilling seniors’ dreams and sharing their stories. They are partnered with Brookdale Senior Living Residences where the adventurous 88 year old Ellie is staying. Her ultimate wish was to chase her biggest passion one last time. Six years ago, Ellie had a big injury which permanently ended her ability to ski. Ever since, she’s dreamed of experiencing it again And today, after a few weeks of planning, we flew out to Colorado to document the experience and support Ellie alongside her loved ones. So we’re about to go down to the gate where Ellie the grandma is arriving right now. We’re all a little nervous. I have no idea what to expect. Gotta get my camera ready to roll, I’m Jeremy. Ellie’s kind of a tough kind of old-school type feel about her but whenever she talks about skiing, she breaks down crying. Sure the more you get to hang around her, you’ll kind of see why everyone’s so excited about this. Ellie! Hello! My friend Take your time Nothing but friends and family here. Matt: hi! We’ve got sunshine for you out here. We got snow in the mountains. But that’s all we need and you guys to take us there. Exactly. Now are you all brothers? You all look alike. *Laughter* So this is Ellie. Hi Ellie I’m Ammar. Ammar? Ammar. Jeremy: That’s How they pronounce it in Boston
Thomas: I’m Thomas
Ellie: Thomas. It’s been over six years since I’ve been on skis. We’re really excited to ski with you. You’re going to be skiing with me? That’s good. I’m excited to be skiing too I have never seen anyone that excited to do something. She’s knowing that she’s like that close to making it happen again. It’s incredible. Can’t believe we get to be a part of this. I know! It’s so special We used to see all the time and since we met, we’ve been so busy that we haven’t had time to ski. Skis for tomorrow and a snowboard for this loser. So excited It’s like taking your kid to his like dream fun fair. That’s how happy Thomas is right now Got some good gear. I’m about to ski with a grandma. It’s going to be the best day ever! Alright we’re all set! We’re all suited up! We’re all decked out! We just got a call from Natalie who’s organizing this whole trip. She said that Ellie ended up in the hospital last night. She’s been throwing up all night and they’re not sure if she’s gonna make it to the mountain today. I hope that she will but the doctor says it’s altitude sickness so hopefully it’s nothing too bad. She’s a fighter. She’ll make it. She was too excited. I bet you even if the doctor said “no don’t do it,” she’d still do it. We got a call from Natalie saying that we’re good to go to head up to Keystone Mountain and we’ll go rent some more gear and head straight up to the mountain. So Ammar decided to change up the fashion sense for the next two days. *Cue Amar looking fly as hell* The Egyptian boy skiing with her dad’s outfit. *laughs* I just want to make sure it’s not gonna… Gear check! Let’s make it up the mountain. I feel so badass right now. She gotten any sleep? Yeah…maybe three hours She told me when she got here, “there’s no way I was gonna miss this. I could be sick on the way up here, but I was gonna be here.” She obviously isn’t feeling great, but we got in there and parked her. She’s like, “what can we do to get me out there now?” slow down So she’s non-stop. An 88 year old, I mean who does this after a night in the hospital. Who does that? Alright we’re about to see Ellie again for the first time since the airport. Hi guys! Matt: Hi Ellie Ammar: You like my suit? That’s why I wore it! She said, “if I should drop dead on the slopes,” she says, “don’t worry about it. I’ll die doing what I wanted to do.” Are you ready Ellie? As soon as I get clothes on and everything. Yes, I’ll be ready. Oh, 72… What is it? It says 72. Her finger is really cold. Take some deep breaths, Ellie. So her oxygen levels are really low right now So we’re just gonna acclimate her to the altitude. Yeah she’s a champ. Just trying to make sure she stays calm and gets accustomed to the weather… She’s gonna need to stay on oxygen… in the sled Ok…I’ll go tell Hailey that. Thomas: You guys look beautiful. Thank you. You guys are all handsome young men too. I was 33 when I first started skiing. Age is only a number. Your body tells you what you can do and what you can’t do, and you’re never too old to ski. True that. I’ve used my body all up. I did everything I wanted to do. Now I’m paying for it but I was happy doing it all and that’s been my motto all my life. As long as it’s something you want to do and you can do it, do it. You can still try to do it just as I’m doing today. What other questions you guys got for me? *laughs* Ah we’re all crying! I’ll tear up too. Thank you very much for all you’re doing for me. It’s so hard ’cause it’s so real. It’s like life at 100% till the very end. Ammar, thank you very much. I can’t believe–this guy probably didn’t remember my name after like a week I knew him and you already know my name. I’m good with names. Yeah you are. Makes everyone feel good that you know who they are. Wow. Alright, let’s hit the slopes! Let’s do it! Word on the street is that you’re not the best skier and she’s gonna kick your ass. Oh yeah of course she is. I mean, she taught me everything I know. So we just did another oxygen blood test that she actually is a lot higher. She’s ready to go on the mountain right now. We’re good to go. Wow, that looks like a good ride. Ready to go. Ready to rock and roll? Yes, ready to rock and roll. Alright, Ellie. So this is actually a perfect fit. You made my job super easy You did Here we go Ellie. I will have a marvelous time I’m so happy to have all you guys around me. Thank you so much. I feel like a princess today. She is so adorable. *Cheering* How are you doing? I feel fine. How are you doing? Doing so great. Get out of the way, and let’s get going! Yeah! You’re ready. I’m ready, are you ready? Yeah You ready to rock and roll? Ellie: We’re ready to rock and roll! I am if you guys are! One for the money! Two for the show! Three to get ready… Let’s go! Here we go She’s going. She’s coming Alright, Ellie! Here we go! Yes ma’am, here we go! She’s doing it! Yay! Woo! Oh my god! I can’t believe I’m here! Alright, what do you say we go throw a 360 for me? Alright let’s do it then! *Cheering* Wooooo! We did it! We did it! That was so great! That was awesome! Actually fantastic! Oh god, I can’t believe I did that! I can’t believe I’m out here! Spending a few days with Ellie made us realize that what you make of life is truly up to you to either decide to make it one big adventure until the very last second Or you lose it bit by bit to mundane routines. Watching an 88 year old overcome multiple injuries and fulfill her biggest wish before our eyes was by far one of the most inspirational moments we’ve ever experienced on this channel. We’re more motivated than ever to tell stories of love, courage, and positivity, and to continue spreading the Yes Theory to as many humans we possibly can. And if your grandparents have a big wish that they want to fulfill, make sure to leave it in the comments down below. Tell us their story and if something stands out, who knows? Maybe we’ll make it happen. We’ll see you on Thursday.


  1. If you have a grandparent that has a wish they'd wanna fulfill, let us know in the comments below! We may just do something like this again 🙂

  2. My grandma is 95 years old and is so intressted with wrestling she wish that she could watch a match of WWE

  3. OMG! i work at a brookdale in rhode island haha. if you wanted to do another episode with one of the residents that i work with that would be so cool!

  4. Oh my god Ellie! What a woman! I work with elderly people daily and it's so touching to see her so fulfilled and happy. Ellie you worked so hard, you deserved every minute of this.

  5. My grandma has never been out of the country. Our family is from Switzerland and she has always wanted to go to experience the culture of our family. She has always told my brother and I that whenever we become rich one day we have to take her, however, I plan on making my own non profit so I'm not expecting to become "rich". I would love to take her one day though.

  6. My Grandpa is 76 now and he has always had skydiving on his bucket list but always pushed it aside saying to himself that he will go in the future but now that he has a very faulty leg he can't move out of his house or even down a set of stairs. He has had a hip replacement twice now and I think if you guys can fulfill his dream to go skydiving it would be a yes. As always continue to be spontaneous.

  7. OMFG this was amazing. Such a sweet lady. Thank you guys for doing this for her. I miss my grandparents. For anyone reading this make sure to appreciate your grandparents because one day they will no longer be around. <3

  8. I have just found you guys in the last week and can't stop watching you. Love what you are about and loved watching this video. 💜 Seeing how happy you made this grandma xx

  9. I have a Grandfather ho is 87 years old, and he loved hearing jazz and ethnic music his hole life, he had incorporated music into his life and that made him fulfilled with happiness. Unfortunately after years of hearing music out loud he got a hearing problem and after that his is not able to do what he was so passionate about his hole life. he tried a lot of different hearing aid headphones with no luck and none of them is capable to make him hear again normally. Im trying to find a way to make him able to hear again music using headphones and correctional equalization but i dont have the knowledge to find a good solution. If anyone have any idea make a reply to this comment. Thank you so much

  10. I love yes theory, most of the vids are impactful and have great meaning, but this video in particular, takes the Cake…I mean it's honestly hard to watch a video through tears lol, but I made it… Love what these guys do and love the message they broadcast to the world…my hat is off to you

  11. New to Yes Theory. So I have been binge watching episodes. This is now my all time FAVORITE episode!!! Way to go Elle!

  12. Yes theory, you truly are amazing. Everytime I think I found your best video I find one like this! Thank you for all you do. You guys rock! 🤠🤙

  13. This just hits home. Me and my brother have been in and out of jobs trying to help our grandmother keep her house. She's raised all her kids for most of their lives here. A few months ago we lost my grandfather. Being seperated, he'd still come by and help fix up anything around the house knowing full well she wants to keep this house a home for her family. I just want to get this house the way she's always wanted it and be able to do something truly spectacular for her. She's always been more of a mother to me and she truly deserves something special. I know you guys probably won't read a comment on such an old video. I just felt like sharing my story. Love you guys.

  14. This is THE most inspiring video I have ever seen. Taking life for granted and becoming complacent is not an option given how short it is. Godspeed Ellie, you are a true legend.

  15. This video is super awesome :)) you should do something like this again!

    I'm like crying typing this rn, but even though I'm saying this a long time after this vid has been posted and you probably will never see this…

    Hey Yes Theory! My name is Sophia and I'm 14. You guys probably don't understand how much of an impact you have had on my life. I am so grateful that there are people like you guys out there, who really show how amazing life can be. every day I watch so many videos of you guys doing these amazing things to total strangers! you really show how to live life to the fullest 🙂 I can't even describe how much pride you give me and the happiness you make me feel when I see that there are amazing people like you out in this crazy world. You show that there is still hope for humanity to prove that we aren't all that bad and going to like kill the earth!
    I would also like to say that you have completely changed how I live my life and my perspective on things. you give me so much hope and courage to go out in the world and just LIVE:))) I don't know when im going to die, so I want to go on crazy adventures and live life to the fullest like you guys every day! But what sucks is that… im only 14. I don't have the money or equipment, friends, or confidence to do what you do… it is my life goal and dream to be just like you! I want to change the world, help people, and change lives forever! how can I do it now? I live in the suburb area… so I don't really know what I could do…
    Also, I have a few questions for you guys: (I CHALLENGE YOU! :D)
    – Do you think that you would do a road trip around America and go to all 50 states? (ill see you somewhere!!)
    – would you climb Mount Everest with only 35 days of training? (I wanna come!!)
    – you think you could try long boarding, its wicked fun! (I longboard!!)
    -can you do something involving animal shelters? (*dogs:D*)

    Anyway, that's all for now, yes theory. thank you for making me, me! :))

    p.s, I hope this didn't sound dumb and stoopid… because all of what I said is true, and my questions are legit. if u think this was stoopid, than bitch deal with it!!

  16. My grandfather is 94! Super strong man and an inspiration to our family! He’s in excellent condition and he loves adventure! His biggest dream is to travel from the U.S. to Mexico or vice versa by bus to look at and stop at various locations in rest areas and taste foods throughout the trip! Although this adventure is not that expensive I haven’t been able to fulfill his dream as I am a college student(struggling financially), a female (which makes it difficult because my parents think it’s unsafe for me to go alone with him) and the only one in the family willing to make his dream come true!

  17. I recently cam across this channel, and i have been watching the videos non stop. Its easy to see that you guys all have an incredible bond, but its amazing to see how quickly you bond with strangers. Giving people the opportunity to conquer their fears and live their dreams is something we should all strive to do. Keep up the good work!

  18. Why the fcuk is this not hit a million? One of the most emotional & motivating video on YouTube. You guyz rock! Elle rock!

  19. Ellies such a beautiful name! I really don't look forward to the day I cant do what I want because of my body. Im 15 years young and my dream is to become a professional wildlife/ urban photographer! I love you guys!

  20. My grandma always wanted to go skydiving, but now she thinks she is too old. So one of my biggest dreams are to go skydiving with my grandmother. She told me once, that even though your body gets older, you still feel young on the inside. So my wish is for her to see that she is the only limit in her life.

  21. I am weeping after seeing her reaction
    Gosh god bless you yes theory u guys do things which will make everyone happy

  22. hello, my grandma is my hero. i see her 1 tme a week becasue she lives just down the street. she is 70 and im not sure what she would love doing. she does love travelling with her kids. she has a hip replacement so it hard to do evrything but travling is one of her dreams. she always has feashly baked cookies evrtime i go to her house after school. she listens to eveything i say nd is my theripest. i love her to bit and this would be a great btrthdsy present because i dont know what i should get her. no present shows just how much i love her. i love you guys and your probs not seeing this but i hpe this will work. talk to ya soon

  23. God bless you Ellie!! A true inspiration! Had me in tears watching how much of a blast she was having skiing down the mountain 😭😭& thank you yes theory for everything that you do, you guys are incredible♥️🤘🏽

  24. I’m a nurse in the netherlands. It’s amazing to what you did for this elderly woman! I see a lot of elderly patients and I love to do something extra for them, even if its just a walk trough the park or to the zoo, the gatitude you get from it is amazing❤️ I enjoy every video I see form you guys and it gives me so much inspiration for living life

  25. I really had to hold back tears watching this.. what you guys do is just so beautiful. And it's so nice to see videos of kindness towards other human beings when there can be so much hate in the world. I truly love watching your videos, and I hope this is an inspiration to others that we should all care for each other..

  26. My grandpa was in the US AirForce and later owned his own plane. For years he was so excited to take me and my siblings on a ride in his plane but sadly before we made that happen he had to sell his plane and we never got to go up and fly with him.

  27. Okay this ones my favorite episode now. It was luke the Aussie which is still good, but this one hit home 👌🏻🙏🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤘🏻

  28. WAIT I HAVE SOMETHING and I really hope you guys see this. My great grandfather is in his 80’s and his wife of 60 years just passed away last year so he’s having a very hard time. But I’ve always wanted to take him to a colts football game because he LOVES the colts. And I’ve never had enough money to do it. Please help ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😇😇😇😇

  29. What a beautiful video! I cried a lot. I love your videos Yes Theory, you guys are inspiring… I really miss my grandma.

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