I’m Young Again!
OK…most will not think that this is young, in fact, to tell the truth, when I say it, it shocks the heck out of me! I remember each time I heard on the news that a music legend, such as Paul McCartney or Rod Stewart turned 60, it always made me quickly realize that I’m right behind them. I was like 17 when they were slightly older than me and they were all my heroes of music! I’m still right behind them, but the fact remains, “You can’t stop the clock.”
My reflection on the decades I have gone through leaves me with awareness that aging provides memories of learning and growing as an individual.
I guess everything up to 21 seemed to all be the same….lots of things you were not allowed to do and you couldn’t wait to grow older, so you could make all your own decisions. Looking back, I would love to just be in the house and let someone else make all the hard decisions to keep food on the table and a roof over everyone’s heads!
So, you reach 21 and it seems like you have arrived, but you find you still can’t make all the decisions because you either don’t know what to do or you just keeping running into people who seem to still make most of your decisions.
Thirty becomes this very youthful feeling of some level of wisdom, as you have been working at some type of career, likely married and raising a family, but you find you begin wondering if you are making the right choices or could be making better choices than you have. Many times we feel as if we could have done better, if someone else, made us wiser, as we try to pass some blame on somewhere else.
Reaching 40 just makes you see the door opening that you are the responsible one now. Whatever is screwed up, you most likely caused it. Many also find this to be the age of reason, some call it a “change of life”, but the point is that you start thinking that you had better get serious about what is in the future for you and the people who look to you for all the answers.
The fifth decade of life starts to show both the realism that you may have wasted a lot of time and could have done better, but then, there’s a bit of wisdom in that you know you tried to do the best you could at the time. You start seriously looking into what the word “retirement” means and will you be able to do what you thought it meant when you saw your parents retire.
Another thing I have always chosen to do as I approached each new decade is look back and say that I have left living in the last years of that previous decade and I am now a “young” age in this new decade. You wonder as you enter what is typically thought of as retirement years, with some apprehension of what will it be for you, will your health start to fail or will you live so many years that the money will run out, if you have any by that time.
Well.. I have just entered my 6th decade of life and once again, it is a new beginning. I am doing something now that I thought I would have never been able to do, which is start this business… at 60??? What, am I crazy?
I actually only now, feel the level of confidence to do this, for the first time in my life. Whatever happens in this new decade, I have chosen to not just dream, but to take the leap of faith and live my dream, no matter what the consequences. I do not want to go through the rest of my life wondering if, should, or could I do what other people have done.
I’ll keep you all updated as to how it’s going.
So far, as the joke goes about the man who jumped off the top of a high building and was heard saying as he passed each floor on the way down…. “So Far…..So Good”!