There comes a time in every man’s life when frustration starts to dominate every aspect of their life particularly when others say they’re past it. Has this happened yo you yet? You start questioning yourself, your choices, your achievements and even your own existence. You feel lost with your dreams and aspirations a long distant memory.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis
The other day I was passing time researching online, when I read these words:
Loss of sight is strongly associated with chronological age and frequently used as an important marker of the awareness of getting “old.”
So being visually impaired at 52, having lost sight in my right eye, I now find myself being classified as having reached old age. In which case suffering from ill health as I have done in the last year should have been expected. Reading on you would have thought that visual impairment is almost exclusively an old age thing. There are no doubts here was yet another example when others say you’re past it. They don’t have a clue.
What this article has proven to me, like many others I’ve read, is how much money is being wasted on research which results in restating what has been said time and time again.
It may well be true that its most common for visual impairment to occur when you reach ‘old age.’ This does not mean that many others experience it in middle age or before.
Also whatever happened to the todays 50 year old is yesterday’s 40 year old. Oprah Winfrey says 50 is the new 30.
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard
We all know poor health, job market declines, and old age are coming for all of us. You can either keep fighting, which at least gives you a chance, or you can surrender to the potential decay and destruction.
Five years ago I left the corporate world to pursue my dreams to become an author and life coach and help others improve their lives. This change in my career direction wasn’t because of my advancing years, or that this was my absolute last chance to live the life I wanted to live, but because it was my long term dream. Things were helped strangely by my eye problems forcing me to reflect on my life path.
Even though my health has acted as an obstacle to me, nothing would make me give up carrying on with this journey. It is imperative that we never become too old to dream and that we have the confidence to act on those dreams to create the lives we most desire, at any time along our journey.
It is so important to have dreams particularly as we approach ‘old age.’ If we have nothing to aspire or look forward to in life, we end up feeling like we are going nowhere, and we stagnate. What a dreadful way to end our journey, particularly as this could amount to twenty or thirty years.
Age cannot be seen as a restriction. Where would you like to be in 5 – 10 years time? Getting older is automatic, but your future will always be in your hands.
It takes time to achieve our goals, and realize our dreams, but fortunately we have time if we’re willing to seize it.
After all there are many example’s of other ‘old folk’ who have done great things in later life.
Age 51 Gordon Bowker founded Starbucks
Age 52 Ray Kroc started McDonald’s
Age 53 Yoshisuke Aikawa founded Nissan
Age 55 Arianna Huffington started Huffington Post
56 Ferdinand Porsche founded Porsche
59 Kawasaki Shozo founded Kawazaki
61 Charles Flint founded IBM
62v Col. Harland Sanders founded KFC
Let’s face it most people do look back and wish they could have done more with their lives. So don’t give up on your goals and let it be regret later on. Never forget it is never too late to live life the way you want to as you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Never let others say you’re past it.
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