Recently, I was at a networking luncheon sitting at a round table full of ladies happily chatting away about life and business. We had a nice mixture of all ages and professions – it was quite lovely and I really look forward to these events.
I don’t even remember how we got onto the topic, but it came up from a lady that was probably in her sixties, and she mentioned that when she was forty years old, she – for some unknown reason, according to her – decided that it was a good idea to go tobogganing even though she shouldn’t be doing such a thing at that age…
I think my eyes nearly popped out of my head!! I looked at her and said “Theresa – I’m in my forties and I toboggan ALL THE TIME and I have no plans to stop until I’m dead!!”
The sweet lady beside her, an award winning author who’s likely in her eighties, exclaimed loudly to me “Good for you!! You’ll get old if you stop doing stuff like that!”
Got that right! I read a sentence from a book that I’m reading: The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma, that says “Some people die at thirty, but are not buried until eighty.” I don’t know if it’s him that wrote that or what, but how true is this?? It was a sentence that really resonated with me and I thought about how sad and boring life would be (and is, for many people) if you started playing it ‘safe’ at such a young age.
And now that I think about it, perhaps this was the way not that long ago. I remember when I was very young, seemed like a lot of the ‘old’ people did not do a lot of activities that might be considered risky. (When I was 8, I clearly remember the day that my mom turned 29 and I was so concerned that people would find out that I would have an ‘old’ mom – thinking back to that now make me laugh!! She was so young! So when I say ‘old’ people, really – they probably were not old at all! 😜)
But think back: did your grandparents do anything crazy like toboggan? How about downhill skiing? Running? BMX riding? Or even bicycle riding, for that matter? Now I know that I’m not a grandparent, but I’ve just taken up BMX racing (new this year – post coming soon!) and downhill skiing in the past year. Plus I love to run, cross country ski, snow shoe, hike, snorkel, kayak… too many things to list. I couldn’t imagine having the mentality that I’m too old for any of these activities – and in fact I’m going to be doing even more when I have the opportunity!
Going to the BMX racing for a sec, I had an interesting conversation with one of the Executive team at the firm where I work. He’s only a few years older than me, and when I told him that I was taking up BMX racing I could tell by his facial expression that he was impressed but confessed that even as cool as that sounded, he thought that he was too ‘old’ to try something like that. I do appreciate the fact that it’s not exactly the safest sport, HOWEVER… You’re not too old. My comment to him, in joking way, was “Well, I suppose that if you think you’re too old for that then you probably are!”
That hurt his feelings.
But it’s true. 😉
The point of this story is to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new and exciting! Do you want to be one of those people that dies at a young age but is buried in a much older state? I certainly don’t. Now be clear: I am not telling anyone to engage in risky behaviors that they’re not comfortable with but just don’t settle for a life less lived because you think it’s the proper thing to do.
Follow your heart. ❤️