Is It Too Late?

A lot of my peers from back in my high school days are retiring and express that they can’t wait until that day comes. I see things like countdown numbers on their Facbook pages and I wonder why they can’t wait to get away from what they’ve been doing for the past 40 or more years.

Some people spend their lives doing exactly what they want to do when they want to do it. They are truly the rich and happy among us. They might not be wealthy but their souls and hearts are rich with the feeling that living your passion – your Element as Sir Ken Robinson would say – brings you.

And, I truly believe that if someone is so focused on retiring from what they do they haven’t been living that kind of life. So am I hoping that my friends are looking forward to retiring because they are now going to do what they’ve always really wanted to do. And, I’m not thinking about playing golf or touring the country in the Winnebago. That kind of stuff gets old for most people pretty quickly.

Sixty-years old is not too late. Neither is 50 or 70 or 90. I published my first book at the age of 60. I’m writing another one and I can’t see myself ever stopping. I love what I’m doing and I’m living the purpose of my life. I know a group of women in Pittsburgh that are in their 60’s and they live to dance ballet. When they are dancing their age doesn’t matter anymore.

These people didn’t let being over 50 and even 100 stop them from living their life’s purpose.

  • Mary Dixon became a pilot at the age of 50, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
  • Terri Tapper became the oldest female certified kiteboard instructor in the USA (and possibly the world) at age 50.
  • Best-selling American author Sidney Sheldon began writing his first novel at age 53.
  • At 53, Sue Monk Kidd published her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees.
  • Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring at age 53, which publicized the indiscriminate use of pesticides and helped rally support for environmental protection.
  • When he was 59, Einstein achieved a major new result in the general theory of relativity.
  • Also at 59, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
  • Cellist Nancy Donaruma retired from the New York Philharmonic at age 59 to become a full-time paramedic.
  • He was 62 when J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, Lord of the Rings.
  • Viktor Frankl, author of "Man's Search for Meaning," earned his airplane pilot’s license at age 67.
  • At age 77 Grandma Moses started painting.
  • John Powanda at 79 became the oldest Peace Corps volunteer in history.
  • Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book, Portrait of My Victorian Youth, when she was 102 years old.

We have the ability to discover and follow our true purpose for living at any age. Your imagination and creativity will take you there. Let go of the fear. If you or someone else has been clipping your wings then it is time to let them grow and spread.

Everything is possible. Here are three books and one kit that can help you find who you really are and what you really can be – at any time in your life.

  1. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  2. The Element by Sir Ken Robinson
  3. How to be Rich and Happy by John Strelecky and Tim Brownson
  4. The Idea Catalyst Kit by Megan Elizabeth Morris.

The gentleman in the photo is 91 and still plays several instruments well. Photo courtesy of adwriter on Flickr

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