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Does any of this sound familiar? Too old to start
Every. Age. Group.
Let’s start with “How old is too old to start something new?”
The answer is, there is no too old. For anything.
No matter how old you are, you can:
- Go back to school
- Learn a new trade
- Take up a new hobby
- Start a new business
- Get in shape
- Take up a new sport
- Become healthier
- Change your habits
- Change your thought patterns
- Become more positive
- Move to a new city
- Move to a new country
According to the Social Security Administration in the U.S., a man turning 65 today can expect to live (on average) until the age of 84.3 and a woman until the age of 86.7. That’s a lot of years to fill, and you should fill it doing what makes you happy, when it makes you happy. (As long as it doesn’t purposely hurt other people. Don’t take that as free reign to be a jerk.)
At 65, if you all of the sudden feel like you want to write a novel, or start a business, or become a church pastor, or move to a foreign country, or learn how to paint, or go back to school for computer coding, do it. This advice applies to all ages. 18, 29, 36, 42, 54, 73… it doesn’t matter.
“Age is just a number” can sound so cliché, but it is actually true. The human body is not fine-tuned to our calendar system. It has no idea how many years old you are. If 24 months counted as one year and each month had 20 days, your number would be different but you would have been alive the same amount of time. Age is just a number.
Aside from society’s life plan, another objection I have heard from older people is “time”. This thought is a little bit more difficult because it actually stems from not knowing when we are going to die. Especially as people are reaching older ages past “retirement age”, it is understandable to start having that in the back of your mind more often. I am not going to pretend I know the feeling as someone in my mid-30s. I can not speak to that feeling, but I can speak to the starting of something new at that age.
If you want to do something new, do it. To be perfectly frank, no one knows when they will die and someone at 70 may actually have more time than I do at 34. We don’t know what tomorrow brings so not doing something, not starting something because you may not have time to “complete” whatever it is, is not a good reason.
You only have one life as you. Even if you believe in reincarnation, this is the truth. When I die, I will never again be Rachel Batchler (Or Rachel Wolak for that matter) so this is the only chance I have to do anything as me. Why would I skip doing something I want to do because I feel “too old”?
Age is just a number, you only have one go-round, do not miss doing something that you want to do because of age.
No matter what age.
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