When I was a little girl, I was always coming home with bumps and bruises. No, I wasn’t fighting with the other kids at school (I was a good girl!) The reason that I was always a bit battered was that I refused to accept my physical boundaries. I loved to try new things and when I failed I just dusted myself off and tried again. Then I grew up…

As an adult, I still maintained a healthy curiosity for the world, but, my risk tolerance changed. Even though I still loved a good challenge, I found myself increasingly searching for the safe path. As I progressed from one related task to the next, making incremental improvements, it felt like I had once again found my training wheels. I was so afraid of falling, that I forgot the thrill of riding free. Does this sound familiar?

The older we get, the easier it is to cruise along, enjoying our hard-earned skills and experience. By the time we reach our 60s, we may even feel like we have “earned a rest.”

The risk, of course, is that the second we stop moving, we start to deteriorate. Humans were meant to be explorers, not TV watchers. We were designed to be lifelong learners.

This week, I watched a sweet video about a little girl, who had taken off her training wheels for the first time. She was ecstatic when she finally succeeded – that’s putting it mildly actually! Do you remember what that feeling was like? At what point in our life did we lose it?

As I watched this little girl, so, full of life, I was reminded of just how wonderful life is. Please take a minute to watch the video and then we’ll return to the conversation.

I think that we can learn a lot from kids. Let’s get out into the world and explore our passions without fear. Let’s show the world that we are challenging aging stereotypes and living with verve. Let’s take off our training wheels and enjoy the feeling of the wind in our hair once again!

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What one thing would you do if you knew that you couldn’t fail? What are the “training wheels” in your life? What excuses do you make that hold you back from living your dreams? Have you recently accomplished something that you are proud of? How did you do it? Please join the conversation below!

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