Lately, I’ve been finding myself questioning some of the life goals that I had set out for myself several years ago when I first moved to New York — Goals that I had envisioned a specific timeline for. And being where I am in my life right now, I’ve significantly slowed down in my pursuit of some of them.
While I’m not giving up on my goals quite yet, I have however been slightly losing faith in whether or not I’ll actually achieve some of the ones that I had intended for. And the thing that I find myself saying the most is that it’s just “too late”.
Often times, people associate the life stage they’re in with being too old or too young to do something — Life stages such as being married, being a parent, being a grandparent, being retired. We let these life stages somehow define us in terms of our abilities to achieve something.
As we get older, many of us think that we might have lost the motivation to do something, lost our “chance”, or surpassed our big moment to accomplish a goal that we had in mind. However, our goals have absolutely nothing to do with our age. Big moments come at different stages of life for everyone. And the truth is,
Being too old is just not an excuse
Your age is not a staple number for when you should or shouldn’t have accomplished something. It’s not an excuse for getting out of doing something that you want to do and it shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a goal or chasing a dream.
We’ve heard and witnessed the many success stories of people making their dreams a reality later in life — Stories from celebrities And public figures like Vera Wang, Martha Stewart, and Samuel Jackson. These stories just go to show that there is no specific age or time for you to chase a dream or pursue a goal. Success can come at any time. Additionally, age shouldn’t slow us down from doing the things that we love doing.
It’s understandable that certain life stages come with more responsibilities and we have other obligations to cater to, but we should still always make time for ourselves and doing the things that bring us joy, things that we are passionate about.
Though we may gain responsibility with age, though we may get busier with age, and may have less free time, let’s not allow age to hold us back from also living our lives. We only get one shot at this life and we should do everything in our power to get the most out of it.