When are you too old to try something new? I know the adage, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." But I don't think that's true. In fact, my belief is that the more new things you try, the more you increase your capacity for risking and growing. I love Chinese proverbs because they are so direct, "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now." Yes, some things are easier to learn when we're younger and less established, the risks feel smaller and we're learning so many new things anyway, what's one more new thing? However, the older you start learning, the more wisdom, life experience, and self-awareness you can utilize to enrich the process. I believe that the key to starting new things is our Motivator - our passion that drives us to learn, risk, and grow!
You aren't too old, or too young, to follow your dreams. My Grandpa John believed that he was going to teach pastors in Africa from the time he was in his thirties, and he didn't start going until he was 70. He had a very prolific ministry, spanning several African nations, for the following thirteen years. Just last month Ingeborg Rapoport, a Jewish woman from Germany, defended her dyptheria thesis and received the PhD that had been denied to her by the Nazis - she is 102 years old. Fauja Singh started running marathons when he was ninety-years-old and just retired two years ago, at the age of 102 years old. Evan Spiegel, the founder of SnapChat is one of the youngest billionaires in the world at age twenty-four, he found a problem and then created a solution for it - creativity in a nutshell! My sister-in-law Megan started a non-profit, traveled around the country speaking to teenagers and raised enough money to build an orphanage in Kenya for thirty children, while she was in nursing school. Christopher Paolini wrote a best selling book series starting when he was fifteen years old, his books have now been read around the world and are being made into major motion pictures.
What is the dream in your heart? Where is your passion driving you to go? What are you waiting to start because you feel too old or too young? In ten years you'll still have to start at the beginning, why not start now and have ten years of experience instead? We believe that now is the perfect time to start, and there is no end to the creative journey. Why not you? Why not now?
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, born in the South, raised in Colorado, and loving life in Brooklyn, NY. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing blog posts, drinking black coffee, experimentally cooking, laughing, playing minimalist puzzle games on her iphone, exploring NYC, and working a lot of odd jobs. You can follow Emily’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or read more of her posts here.