You’re Never Too Old
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis
Do you ever wonder if you’re too old to wear that dress, hat or bikini? You’re not! You’re never too old to do anything. If you’re willing to try that is.
Aye, there’s the rub. You have to be willing to try, and risk looking like a fool. You have to be prepared to give something a go try and not care about what anyone else thinks. You have to risk trying something out and, probably getting it wrong at first, but at least having a crack.
If you’re not convinced that age isn’t an issue then check out Later Bloomer. It’s an inspirational blog by my bloggy friend Debra Eve and it’s dedicated to sharing stories about people who’ve achieved amazing things in their later years. Much later in some cases.
You might not be that old yet but if you’re in the middle years like me (I’ll be turning 48 this year!), this is the time to try new things because if you don’t do it now you may never. Now that’s what really scares me.
Every time you stick to your routine, choose the safe path and avoid taking a risk you make it harder to do in the future.
Risk taking is like anything. You have to practice doing it regularly to get comfy with it. Although in truth risk-taking never feels comfy. That’s the thing about risk. It brings up hard feelings and emotions.
You will feel butterflies in your stomach, possibly a herd of rampaging elephants. Your heart may clench into a tight fist at the mere thought of what you want to do. Your instincts may tell you to run far, far away.
But if you can learn to live with those feelings and accept them as a normal reaction to risk then you can reach for your dreams despite those tricky feelings.
Moving towards your goals and dreams despite the discomfort gets easier with practic. So the more risks you take the less the butterflies will bother you.
Trust me. If you want to set and reach a goal like losing weight, taking up running, hosting a party in a penthouse or getting a job that will pay for your travels you CAN do it. No matter what your age.
If you want to achieve a travel dream like moving to Central America, visiting Paris, taking an African safari or taking a helicopter to the Pyrenees you CAN make it happen. In my experience travel gets better as you get older so there’s even more to enjoy. Bonus!
Maybe you need to set a quest, set a health goal or make travel plans to get started.
Now is the time to overcome anxiety, challenge yourself and get comfy with discomfort before it’s too late.
This year I plan to fulfill my quest to run 5km in 25 minutes, complete my Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning, start another course to take me closer to my longterm dream of aid work and, of course fit in at least one epic travel adventure.
Needless to say I’ll also be striving to grow our web design business, hang out with the Candy kids and stay sane by practicing mindfulness every day.
How about you?
Now you know that you’re never too old to achieve your dreams and goals what are you going to do?
Leave a comment sharing your dream or goal below as the first step in making a commitment to it. I dare you.
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I agree wholeheartedly. Half of my family passed before their time and it lit a fire under me. I’ve always put myself out there, but it wasn’t till I hit 40 that I made significant changes in my life which included getting a degree and opening a costume business. I’m now a grandmother and try to wake up every day looking through the eyes of a five year old me.
I love that last idea of looking at the world with childlike wonder. Loved ones dying does wake us up and make us get moving – if only we didn’t wait until it happened. Great to read that you’ve used it to keep you motivated and in action for life.
Well said, Annabel! You’re never too old to give things a go. I turned 52 a few days ago and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. I genuinely am wiser each passing year… and I did a big ocean swim which was very. very challenging for me… felt fab.
I have a secret urge forming to take the wee kids out of school for a bit to have an adventure. They’re a great age for it… and so am I!
Happy birthday!! What a brilliant way to mark the day and stay fit so you can keep on doing whatever you want to do. I’m yearning for adventure too. I hope you can swing it ;)
Thanks for the motivation … with the darkness of winter, my spirits have been taking a beating lately. I needed that!
Funny, reading this today. I started blogging six years ago and the impetus was because I was going to turn 60 and I wasn’t thrilled about it. The best thing I ever did! The more you do the more you learn and, the more you learn the longer you’ll live. That’s what I believe. I have you, and some other amazing women, who encouraged me to keep blogging and I owe you all a debt of gratitude!