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It Is Never Too Late To Try New Things: An Inspirational Post

Updated on June 15, 2010
 

Many people do not realize until their later years that there were things that they really wished that they had done in their lives. It takes time to really recognize your desires and to understand the reasons that you have not acted on those desires. Unfortunately, by the time that they realize what it is that they want to do they think to themselves, "but now I'm too old" and then they dismiss the thought. This is a terrible thing to do. If you know what you want to do with your life - whether for a career or just for fun - then you should go for it with all of your heart no matter what age you are when you figure it out. The fact of the matter is that it is never too late to try new things.

There is a creativity course called The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron which helps people to uncover what it is that they want to do creatively and then further helps them to move through whatever blockages they feel so that they can allow themselves to do those things. In the beginning chapters of this book, the author says that she often encounters people who say things like, "but do you know how old I will be before I get any good at that?!" and she says that her response is always, "yes, the same age that you will be if you don't". I think that is the lesson that we all need to keep in mind when we find ourselves interested in trying new things but afraid that our time to do them has passed.

To be able to do new things (such as to play the saxophone for the first time or to start taking modern dance lessons when we've never danced before), we have to be willing to allow ourselves to not be perfect at them. One of the problems with adults is that we have gotten good at a few things in our lives (our work, our relationships, whatever it is) and so we find it much more comfortable to just keep doing those things than we do to go ahead and embrace the opportunity to try something new. It is hard to start something new and admit that we aren't good at it yet and that we don't even ever know if we are going to be good at it.

If we can overcome that challenge of being afraid that we can't do something and just accept that we aren't going to be terrific at it when we first start then we can give ourselves permission to go ahead and just have fun with it. The key here is to ask yourself, "what is the worst thing that can happen?" Try to envision the worst thing that would happen if you tried to play the saxophone and were terrible at it or you took the dance class and didn't like it. Then ask yourself, "is that worse than never knowing what might have happened if it had gone well?" If you are curious enough about trying something new that you are willing to risk whatever that "worst thing that could happen" might be then you are going to open yourself up to some great opportunities in life. Playing saxophone might be just the beginning of that!

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    Roberto 

    4 years ago

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    Everything Counts 

    9 years ago

    We can never know what we are capable of unless we try new things. They also help us identify our inner strengths and capabilities.

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    Drew Breezzy 

    9 years ago from somewhere in my mind

    I agree whole heartedly!

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    This Old Guy 

    10 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

    You mention some of the ways people rationalize the decision to not follow their dreams. The story I heard was about woman who wished to return to school to earn a degree in law. she said she was too old and was asked how old she was. She replied that she was 60 years old.

    She was then asked how long it would take to earn her degree and she replied that it would take five years. Next she was asked how old would she be in five years if she returned to school and she replied that she would be 65 years old. She was finally asked how old she would be in five years if she did not return to school. The answer was once again 65 years old.

    The point is that you are going to age the same amount over a given period regardless of the decisions you make so make the best of the remaining time you have.

    Great hub!!

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    Jyoti Kothari 

    10 years ago from Jaipur

    Dear,

    Normally people are afraid of trying new things. Only he who dares to do the same reap benifit.

    jyoti Kothari

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    Eddie Perkins 

    10 years ago

    Kathryn,

    I agree totally. I’ve wanted to sing, and write for as long as I can remember. Since I retired I started writing and I am having a ball. I may never be perfect at it, but I’ll still have the time of my life while tormenting those who read what I’ve written.

    Now about the singing thing…

    Thanks for the hub. ~ eddie

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    FREDI 

    10 years ago

    IT'S JUST INSPIRING.

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    pinoyclicks 

    10 years ago

    Nice piece! Thanks!

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    Patty Inglish MS 

    10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Indeed! Actor Buddy Ebsen began learning a form of karate at age 75, and became a black belt. Several seniors in their 80s and 90s have began martial arts and earned black belts in Tae Kwon do.

    My assistant instructor who was injured in Viet Nam war and hurt both feet, legs and arms, and back, became a black belt in Judo at age 54. Joints work better now.

    Go for it!

    Great Hub!

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    secondsamuel 

    10 years ago from Seneca SC

    I think I know what you mean. I am a 55 year old survivor of a stroke, and c.o.p.d.. There are even some things that I recently did well but now I have a hard time with those task. I used to play the guitar pretty good but now i have decided to master the instrument. I have been taking online lessons to hone the skills I already have. Any way, thanks for the lift.........S.S.

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