We try to deny it.
We hide from it.
But it keeps coming. Like a freight train headed down the tracks in our direction. And we’re on a collision course with that destiny.
So what does that have to do with me? So what if I’m no different than anyone else in that regard? Why is that something I even need to think about?
Well there is an upside to this getting old thing. And it is very important. And it is about you.
You have experience. You have skills. You have knowledge.
Whether you’re now a 20-something who has just successfully navigated high school, college, and getting your first job.
Or if you’re in your early 40’s and made it through the turmoil of job-hopping and your career progression.
Or a 50- or 60-something who has made it successfully in your career or managed to raise healthy, happy, productive kids. Or you didn’t and you have some great stories to tell.
Wherever you’re at in this life, you have a story to tell. You may have skills you’ve honed as an employee or entrepreneur that you want to leverage in a new direction.
Whatever the case, time is still ticking away. Now is the time to jump in. Now is the time to figure out what your contribution is going to be. And to pursue it with gusto!
Too old? Check out these people who went for it anyway.
- Susan Boyle singing her famous British American Idol audition song at 48 years old.
- Ben Franklin signing the Declaration of Independence at 70 years old.
- Ray Kroc (McDonalds founder) starting that venture at 52 years old.
And that is what I wish for you too. Life is too short to leave your best self undiscovered.
You need to seriously look at what you’ve created over your lifetime so far. And decide how you will make the most of it over the next 5, 10 or 20 years or more.
It isn’t up to anyone but you what that will be. Or why it matters. Or if it is worthy or not. That is all up to you.
True, you may have nay-sayers telling you things that are no good – and some ideas may suck. That is okay. Just move on. But don’t always assume your friends, relatives, and family members know best.
They may want you to succeed. Or they may not. They may just want you to stay the same as you are today. And if you decide that is the best for you and your life, then you have no need to change it.
But if you do decide your current direction is not the best, you have every right to pursue something different. Yes, you probably still want to be responsible if you have family to provide for. But that doesn’t mean you can’t balance that with some additional life experiences.
So get out there. Look at where you’ve been. Celebrate that. Look at what interests you and where you’d like to take the next chapter of your life. Then go for it. The journey is definitely worth the ride.
And if this connected with you I’d love to hear from you. How are you writing the next chapter of your life’s book?