Oh…I’m too old!

A statement that is all too familiar. Even though I don’t believe I’m old, I have heard myself say these very words.  Many think that reaching 50 means we have to stop living or get ready for retirement.  We do have to get ready for retirement…but that’s another conversation!

Why is it that we think we’re old?  We say it out of fear.  We’ve been conditioned to believe that staying in our lives where it is comfortable is acceptable.  So the thought or the idea of taking a risk and trying something new is frightening so “oh, I’m too old” justifies staying where we are.

Who says we can’t start a new career, a new love relationship, a new hobby, or anything else for that matter that gives us joy, and happiness. We can have whatever we want in life!

Society has conditioned us to put ourselves in a box and stay there.  I remember being told as a young girl, I couldn’t do things or go places because I was a girl.  Let me tell you, all that did was bring out the rebel in me and I did it anyway knowing the consequences wouldn’t be favourable.  Even our  career choices where defined by what was appropriate for women or considered women’s work.  Thanks goodness that’s changing, but there’s still work to be done.  It’s time to break out of societies vision of what is acceptable and go after what’s in our hearts.

After 50, I rock climbed in Alaska, started dating,  traveled alone, took up play golf, currently learning the finesse of social media(my story: I am technically inept), and created a coaching business.

At 63, I’ve never let my age define who I am and I’m not about to start now!  I’m actually having the best time of my life!  Age is a state of mind. If you’re active, healthy, resourceful, and willing to take a risk then don’t let a few numbers get in your way.

Ask yourself, what do I want my life to look like?



Shirley Gaudon