At the beginning of the growing season, I purchased a beautiful flowering plant. It grows tall and its blooms are bright. The hot summer sun seemed to thwart its growth. I thought, “Well, that was a short blooming season.”
Much to my amazement, it began to bloom again as the weather cooled, and it seems to have no intention of stopping anytime soon.
Exactly like many of us who are still in active bloom.
When I turned 60 in 2017, I felt a shift. I called it my ‘60s switch’, and I declared that this was the beginning of doing things that push me way out of my comfort zone. I did not want to have any regrets. The kind of ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda’ regrets many of us accumulate.
With this change of mindset, I am pushing the boundaries of my professional life, and my business is thriving. I have learned how to swim, completed two triathlons and learned how to bottle-feed abandoned kittens.
You are never ever too old to learn.
I continue to learn how to face my fears and insecurities in order to leave a legacy of resilience*, contribution and engagement.
Growth is stepping out of your comfort zone and being uncomfortable. You need to find your courage to commit to the challenge of change because it is never too late to lead a relevant, resilient, radiant and remarkable life.
Here are some ways for you to thrive through the changing landscape of your life:
We are not invisible. We are not too old. It is not too late.
So, what are you waiting for? You have a choice: do you want to say, “These are still my days” or would you rather say, “Those were the days”?
*I often use words that begin with the letter ‘R’. For a long time, I didn’t know why I was drawn to words that began with R. About six years ago, I realized that this is homage to my mother, Racene. Inspiration comes from unexpected places.
When did you decide to redefine yourself? Do any of the seven R’s speak to you in a special way? How far have you grown in your pursuit of fulfillment? Please share in the comments below.
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