I hear this all the time. People who think, or get told, they’re too old to do something. They think it’s too late for change. They’re wrong.
“It’s never too late — never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” — Jane Fonda —
A while ago, I received a message from one of my readers. He wrote about some of the most impactful experiences of his life. It involved his experiences during WWII as a child. He explained he wanted to write a biography but hadn’t had the courage yet to start. He said that after reading my words, he felt enthused and ready to try it!
He is 85 years old.
This was obviously a beautiful compliment, and I was deeply touched be seeing the impact my words had on him. But it also shows age is not important. If you feel like doing something or making a change, then do it! Right now!
It’s never too late, until it is.
“It’s never too late to give up what you are doing and start doing what you realize you love.” — Hans Rosling —
That same week I met a couple in the café where I like to write. They told me they were having a gap year. To travel the world. Now this made me laugh because a gap year is usually considered to be a year long break between high school and college. And the couple being in their 40’s was a little odd.
One of them said: “You must think we’re crazy!?” She was obviously used to people calling them crazy for the choice they made. I said who gives a fuck. If traveling is what you want, then that’s what you should do.
Besides, I think you can only experience and embrace the full potential of travel when your perspective on the world has matured enough.
“…By the time I would finish school I’ll be fifty? He smiled.
“You’re going to be fifty anyhow” — Edith Eva Eger —