You’re Not Too Young and You’re Not Too Old

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You’re Not Too Young and You’re Not Too Old

A friend of my daughter asked me the other day why I thought it is that some people seem so on track when they are young, while others flounder like a fish out of water finding their career path.

The easy answer is that some people are late bloomers. The other answer is that it’s all about pursuing something that brings you to the edge of comfort (well, slightly over the edge) and makes you feel alive.

You’re never too young or too old to follow your passion and feel the joy of a life that you are completely engaged in.

“Engaged” is the operable word.

I know a young man, Mario, who was in a terrible accident when he was 19 years old. (He’s 32 now.) Pronounced dead on arrival and without oxygen to his brain for over six minutes, his brain damage was severe. Today, he–with the help and devotion of his family–despite his limited capacity to communicate, Mario is passionate about spreading his message of Love through the expression of his art. He is noble, and he jovially smiles and kisses the hands of all the people he comes into contact with. He is deeply engaged in his activities and passionate about his purpose–in fact, far more so than many people who have no disability at all.

There are examples of such passion and life engagement all around us. It’s never too late. You’re never too old or too young to put your heart and your hands toward the activities that make you feel most alive, most you.

Danny retired from a career in finance, and he is pursuing his passion for the sport he loves. He writes a sports blog and remains deeply engaged in his life.

Michelle is 52, has an empty nest and is beginning a career in Life Coaching.

Alison’s three sons are grown, and she is a talented artist. She is birthing a new website to share her paintings.

I’m thinking of how young Richard, my late husband, was when he wrote and published his first book at 25. Only ten years later, he was the top author in the world. (I was 34 when I wrote my first solo book in the Don’t Sweat series.)

Paraphrasing from my memory, Harvard happiness researcher, Shawn Achor, defines happiness as: “Pursuing activities that fill your life with meaning while you fulfill your human potential.”

Yes, it’s true.

You’re never too young or too old or too late to awaken your joy and passion to live your most vibrant life.

It’s only too late if you wait.

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