I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That’s pretty pessimistic! If that were the case we’d stop learning and doing as we age. Learning and doing at ANY age is important. There’s no reason why you can’t try something new.
I must thank a lady at our gym for this inspiration. “I’m taking ukulele lessons. I’ve always wanted to learn an instrument. It was lots of fun!” she said. She’s in her mid seventies and is a regular at the gym.
I’ve worked with individuals over 65 who are joining a gym for the very first time. Is your dream learning a new language or taking up a new hobby? The only way you ever get better is to try. No matter what age or stage of life you’re in, trying is the first step.
We all look back, wondering about something we’ve missed out on. This lady could be anyone, she could be your next door neighbour, or a stranger walking down the street. She could be you. My point is, you don’t necessarily have to, look or be, a certain way to try something. You don’t have to be at a certain stage in life to do what you love.
What is your motivation? Society tells us that as we age, we’re not “supposed” to be doing certain things, it’s time to relax and enjoy our life. I couldn’t agree more! This is the perfect time to give back to yourself. You’ve dedicated your time-energy to family and friends. Why put off what you’ve always wanted to do? Your body and mind are always up to a challenge. Learn that new instrument, that new language or join a gym. Put that time back in to learning something that feeds your soul.
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