By Anne Branigin via https://www.theroot.com
In 2011, Barbara Hillary, a 79-year-old retired nurse, became the first black woman to reach the South Pole. Just four years earlier, Hillary stood on top of the world as the first black woman to ski the North Pole—a mere two years after a bout with cancer.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently caught up with the now-87-year-old trailblazer, who not only hasn’t lost her sense of adventure but has some incredible life advice to share.
“When I retired from nursing, I wanted to do something. And I wanted to be surrounded by interesting people,” Hillary told the CBC. “So I looked at cruise ships, and I said to myself, that is death. Imagine being stuck on a ship with married people—boring!”
(Wow, don’t think because Ms. Hillary is on pension she ain’t a savage. Hanging out with you dull married hoes—not for her!)
“And then I saw an ad: photograph polar bears, and I ….