Whether they are running marathons, catching the big fish, making a family heirloom quilt, or anything else you want to do but you are letting your age hold you back -DON'T! This year is going to pass whether you accomplish your goals or not. Would you rather finish the year with regret or finish the year with a completed masterpiece and one goal accomplished?
Here are a few over 50s who are on fire for their own life! Join them!
1. Diane Keaton - still going strong and just celebrated her 70th birthday. She is still acting and has two young children to raise. Her last movie "Finding Dory" just came out in December 2015. She also had "Love the Coopers" that ran in theatres during the Christmas holiday 2015. You can't stop this chick!
2. Agnes Zhelesnik - the oldest employed teacher in America turned 102 years old on January 12, 2016. She didn't start teaching until she was 81 and her husband had died. He didn't want a working wife, so she was a stay at home mom. She teaches home economics. What an inspiration!
3. John Lowe - Brittains oldest professional ballet dancer. He didn't start ballet dancing until he was 80 years old. He turned 95 in 2014, was still dancing ,and I believe he is still living today. What a powerhouse dreamer!
The next two are no longer with us, but they were on fire all the way to the end. You have to admire their gumption!
1. Mary Wesley - sold her first adult novel at the age of 71 after her husband had passed away. She had many successful novels until age 84 including ten best sellers in the last twenty years of her long life. She was asked why she quit writing at age 84 and her response was "if you haven't got anything to say then don't say it." She passed away at age 90 (in 2002).
2. Norman Maclean - wrote and published his first novel when he was 74 years old. The book was about fly-fishing and titled A River Runs Through It. He died at the age of 87 in 1990. Before he passed away, he wrote another novel Young Men and Fire. It has not been published yet.
All of these over 50s did not let age define who they were. They pursued their passions when others would have given up. They didn't let a number limit them, they shot for the moon and ended up among the stars.
We should never allow a number to hold us back. Age may prevent some dreams, but everyone has more than one. Keep learning, keep moving forward, keep making contributions to your world, and to your life.
If you are over 50, you have so much to
offer the world. You have experience, knowledge, wisdom, and stories. You owe it to yourself and to the world to stay engaged and live the life you choose. As we age we have to make changes in our lives and sometimes deal with illnesses that we would rather not deal with, but even then we are valuable. The take-away from these few successful over 50s is don't give up!
What is your dream? Are you involved in your hobbies, art, interests? Do you love to travel and yet, you think you are too old? Are you staying involved and engaged in the world around you? The Bible says "as a man thinketh, so is he." So, what are you thinking?