I hear it all the time and too old is a poor but convenient excuse; a mask that hides the real reason which is usually fear of failure. That fear just limits life in all directions. If we have been out of the loop for a while, we may have to take baby steps to learn and still grow into a new place. But are you really too old to pursue your dreams of being a writer, getting your Master’s degree, or owning a business. Maybe, the finances aren’t available for certain endeavors but don’t we always find a way if it is something we really want to do? Doesn’t everything usually fall in place when it is the right time and place for us?
If you are 50+, there may be times you want to slow down or crawl but everyone craves down time in this fast-paced world regardless of age. We are allowed to, rest, relax and have a Sleep Number bed. That doesn’t mean we can’t still accomplish our goals and we can do this by examining new methods of time management. We may have to plan on completing a Master’s with fewer distractions than when we were multi-tasking at a high pace and jamming every activity we could think of in a day’s time when we were 25.
We may have to become gentle when it comes to taking care of ourselves and allow more time for specific tasks. We may have to tell family and even friends to step aside and understand that our time along with our energy is money. We don’t have as many years ahead to waste as behind though let’s not forget life expectancy has increased to about 30 years. You really are never too old!
Here is the latest list of people who didn’t think age was a consideration but did feel that attitude and perseverance was everything!
Terri Tapper became the oldest certified kite board instructor at 50.
The first McDonalds was opened by Ray Kroc and he was 52
Marion Anderson made her debut as an opera singer at 53
Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first Little House on the Prairie book at 65.
Martin Levin was admitted to the New York Bar at age 65.
Benjamin Franklin was involved in drafting the Declaration at 70.
Grandma Moses began painting at age 76.
John Glenn traveled in space at age 77.
Jessica Tandy received an Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy at 80.
Famous Betty White is still having the time of her life in her 80′s.
Sam Gadless ran the New York Marathon at age 91
Alice Polock of Great Britain published her first book at 102.
So, what’s your excuse? Illness and disability can interfere but does it make your aspirations unstoppable? Stretch your activity, stretch your mind and do as much as you can. It has also been proven that a mind and body that rests too much has a greater risk for all forms of dementia.
And keep three things in mind…it is not about age and decline but about getting good, better and best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. – Tim Duncan