I think the universe is preparing me for old age.
I think it's preparing me because it knows the day will come when I will look into the mirror and wonder if I'm too old to be beautiful, too old to write, too old to start a project, just too old.
This may happen at 40 or 60 or 80 (I plan on living until I'm at least 90, by the way).
I've been collecting these bits of inspiration the universe gives me, so when that day comes, I can remind myself that I'm never too old.
And in case you get that "too old" feeling here and there, I'd like to share with you these little gems. Here's what I have so far:
Lewis H. Lapham wrote a beautiful article for The New York Times Magazine titled "Old Masters," in which he interviews people aged 80+ who are thriving in their careers.
The portraits here are of men and women in their 80s and 90s, rich in the rewards of substantial and celebrated careers, and although I know none of them except by name and reputation, I’m asked why their love’s labor is not lost but still to be found. Why do they persist, the old masters? To what end the unceasing effort to discover or create something new? Why not rest on the laurels and the oars?
You're Never Too Old: People Who Achieved Great Things When Supposedly Past It
Elsewhere there is no shortage of those achieving later in life. From climbing Everest, to giving birth, to rocketing into space, age is no barrier.
Proving good things come to those who wait - and age really is just a number – we could all learn a thing or two from these intrepid achievers who prove you're never too old.
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." -Earl Nightingale
"Being aware of the cycle of life and our place in it makes us wiser. As we develop a true appreciation for the phase we are in, we can savor it more. A new mother going through a difficult time with her infant can more easily embrace her challenges because she knows that her child will grow up, and she will long for this time again. Difficult and challenging periods are inevitable, but – like everything that is a part of the cycle of life – they are temporary. When we are fully engaged with life, we get to savor and grow from each phase, and we are ready for the next one when it arrives. Fully embracing wherever you are in the cycle of life is the very essence to happiness." -Daily Om
And you're never too old to dress up.
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