I was at a meeting recently where we were all seniors. We were going around the room each telling a little about ourselves. It was my turn, and I told my story of retiring from my career as a probation officer and becoming an actress, author, and speaker.
The next person was a woman who mentioned she was working at her brother’s law office, but she didn’t sound very excited about it. She said her dream as a young woman had always been to get a college degree. I spoke up: “Why don’t you do it now?”
“Now?” she responded in a shocked and defensive tone.
I dropped that discussion quickly; she obviously didn’t want to hear it.
The woman seemed aloof toward me after my remark. I thought maybe she was jealous. My suggestion that she revisit her youthful dream was apparently the last straw for her. She made it a point not to talk to me during the rest of the event. I think I touched a nerve.
During my speaking engagements I deliberately touch nerves. I encourage Baby Boomers and seniors to find something to be passionate about as a motivation to embrace life.
Why should we do this at our age? Do it for the challenge of it–the sheer joy of it. Why should we seniors go quietly into the night? There is still plenty of life to be lived. Now is the time to do it! Don’t just take the easy way out–the same boring way out.
You don’t have to follow my path. If you’ve always wanted to try something, do it! You might have to modify it, but see if you can figure out a way to connect with that thing that excites you.
Maybe you can’t become the doctor you’d always wanted to be, but maybe you can volunteer at a medical facility helping patients in some manner. Maybe you can’t go trekking into the jungles after animals, but maybe you can volunteer at an animal shelter.
Don’t just settle. Find a passion!
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