There are a lot of people who think that getting older is a curse; that once you reach a certain age, you should begin to slow down.
I think just the opposite is true. As you get older, why not get faster?
Don’t you think there are too many age-related jokes and assumptions? What does it mean to be “Over the Hill?” And just what is the right “Retirement Age?” What does retirement really mean, anyway? And what is it about “acting your age,” when how you act at any age should be exactly how you feel! Too many people talk about growing old as if it’s something to be avoided, or that it will change the way you think about living.
Don’t believe it. Don’t believe any of it!
Getting older is not the right time to “slow down.” It’s the best time to “get faster.”
Age ain’t got NOTHING to do with our love of life, our outlook and our ability to give back to this wonderful world!
Just think about it. We spend a lot of years yearning to be older. But when we get older, no matter what age that may be, we look back fondly to the times when we were younger.
Why is that? Is there anyone over the age of 35 who would rather go back to the angst and uncertainly of teenage years? Would a person nearing retirement really want, once again, to be young and uncertain, “poor,” just beginning a career and starting a family? That’s stressful!
Wisdom Comes With Age
Growing older, no matter what your previous achievements or problems, offers the benefits of the experience you gained through perseverance and hard work. That’s invaluable. It’s the beginning of wisdom. It’s proof that you have survived and gained strength as chalking up years on the calendar. You can be proud of the disappointments you endured, the triumphs you enjoyed, and the lessons you learned. Hopefully, now that you’re older, you can share with others some of what you know. It’s time to “pay it forward!”
Whether the path was smooth or rocky, you have arrived at your current age and state through your own efforts and determination. If you’re still not exactly where you want to be — in your business career, your personal relationships, your leisure time activities or your outlook about life — you can change. That’s also an important lesson.
How many people do you know who have begun new careers after retiring from another one? How many have found new love following a broken relationship or the death of a spouse? How many — like former President George H.W. Bush — celebrate a milestone birthday by going skydiving, or walking across the country, or writing a novel, or taking an epic vacation? How many “give back” to their communities through volunteer service and charitable work? The possibilities are endless, and it never matters how old you are.
Get Started Today
When I say it’s time to get faster, that’s exactly what I mean. If you’re honest with yourself, you know that time is limited and that you won’t live forever. So there’s no time to lose, and there’s no time like the present. Whatever you wanted to achieve when you were younger — if you haven’t done it yet — you better hurry up! Whatever it is — and it can be your bucket list of places to go, or your dreams of making a difference in the world, TODAY is the day to get started.
It’s time to pass on what you know and what you’ve learned. It’s time to live your dream. It doesn’t have to be a world-changing dream, though.
Take a good look around you. There are so many ways to get involved:
- Learn a new language
- Plant a garden
- Mentor a younger co-worker
- Tutor a child
- Overcome your fear of flying
- Smile at a stranger
- Participate in a 5K run or walk for charity
- Find a hobby
- Run for office
- Volunteer at a hospital or a homeless shelter
- Start a new business
- Learn to play golf
There are a thousand opportunities to give back; to your family, your community, your country and your world. There are a thousand ways to feel good about yourself. All that’s required is that you take the first step. Love your neighbors, or find a new love! Love your enemies — that can change the world! Learn to love yourself and every minute of your life!
You might not be the one to discover a cure for cancer, or to feed the world’s hungry; You might not amass millions of dollars, or influence large numbers of people. But you can make a difference, even if it’s only in your own life, and even if it’s only for the next few hours or days.
Age is not the barrier; it’s all in your mind.