I once read that we all have a mental image in our mind that decides how old we THINK we are, and that is how we see ourselves.
For the longest time, I swear I mentally believed I was 35.
Except for those days where I look in the mirror and SWEAR I see my mother looking back at me!
I have noticed that, only recently, my body has started to betray me, just a little bit. Sore knees, strained hamstrings, damn acid reflux, and where the hell did all these wrinkles come from?
But, at 58, that’s to be expected, right? Right?!
It’s not about to stop me, because I’ve got lots left to do.
Do you remember that famous Clairol commercial with Linda Evans, who announced “Forty isn’t fatal!”
Well, neither is being 50, 60, 70, etc.
They say (whoever the hell “they” are) that 50 is the new 30. I kind of feel like that is about right for me.
I am bringing this subject up because I joined a Facebook group of aspiring online business owners and one morosely posted this:
“I will be 50 in 2 years
One of the things that haunts me is that it’s too late
That if I hadn’t made it so far I won’t do in this lifetime
Anyone else has this challenge?”
Are you KIDDING me?
Fortunately, a lot of other women started posting and quickly reinforced that, hell no, there’s a whole shit pile of life left to be lived!
There are a lot of stories too, of people that have started businesses or projects well into the 60’s. I loved some of the examples that these women shared:
- Louise Hay was 61 then she started Hay House, which is a hugely popular publishing house in the self-help world. She is now 91 and as active as ever in her business.
- One woman’s mother went to college at age 60, graduated and, at age 64, is thinking of going for a master’s degree.
- A woman in our group completed her PhD at age 59, and now, at age 60 started an online business. She transferred her experience as an educator into teaching courses online, where the average age of her students is 61-70 years old, and they are very comfortable with technology.
I am more convinced of this than ever, since I started reading a book called “The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 years after 50” by sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.
In her book, the author relates numerous stories of people who reach the age of 50 and have epiphanies about the way they want the rest of their lives to play out and the stages that one goes through before settling on their new path.
It’s a very inspiring read!Trust me, your performance on the stage of life is far from over, so get ready for your encore!Click To Tweet
I have had a passion to help those of us in the “third chapter” who are ready to explore online entrepreneurship for quite a while. I started the “Encore Community” on Facebook and soon will be launching the “Encore Academy” to provide even more support and education about what it takes to launch, build and grow an online business.
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Because, really, if not now, when?