Why It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again?
People attaining sixty years of age or more are officially called “senior citizens”. That’s the time people retire from their professional life. Well, that’s what is expected of them; to retire, to relax, and do nothing for the rest of their life. But not everyone retires at sixty. Some people retire early at fifty, some as late as in their 80’s. Why do you think it happens? Why do you think such disparity in the age-range exists? It is simple: age is a relative term. Most working creative never retire because they never feel they have aged enough to retire.
For some people it is their “second- innings”, when they can pursue their hobbies, turning them into their passions and maybe into their profession as well.
Age is just a number if one thinks it to be.
My Father and His Endless Zest for Life
My father is in his 70’s and no one can tell his real age (except maybe for his doctor). He never thought age can be an obstacle to pursue life. Before his retirement, he was a banker but after his retirement, he became a wanderlust, travel photographer, gardening enthusiast, and a man full of life.
His travel bucket list is still growing. The number of plants in his garden is still growing. The number of photos in his hard drive is still growing. His urge to live his life to the fullest is still growing. And that’s life for him.
Never Stop. Just Walk
Life is all about moving forward. That doesn’t mean you neglect the moment you are living in. No. Live in the moment but then move on.
Stagnation in any form is nothing less than death. And once you are dead, you are dead. You are lucky that life has bestowed you with so much time.
Don’t escape your reality, accept it, and then try to find your way out of it. You have walked through your life till now: memories, experiences, relationships, bonding, and so many other gifts have been bestowed on you. Why do you think that life gave you all these valuables? Because you walked through your life with the intention to walk, to move forward.
What if you had stopped yourself on the first day of your college, work, or marriage? Do you think you would get this life you have right now? No. You have to strive hard to make your life worth it.
Have you ever seen a dead river? A river dies when freshwater stops flowing in. In life, your zeal to live is the freshwater that keeps you alive.
Never stop living. Never stop walking. Because if you do so, you will remain stuck in one place forever. And that’s stagnation.
No Place to Copy- Paste
You don’t have to start gardening if you don’t want to. You don’t have to be a globe trotter if you don’t want to. You don’t have to write a novel if you don’t want to. Don’t copy-paste someone else’s life. Don’t start an activity because some else is doing so. Do it because you want to do so.
Feel the raindrops, play with your grandchild, or enjoy a cup of tea with your spouse if that's life for you. Point is, you are free to choose your life and extract the best out of it.
Don’t follow other people's steps. Follow your mind, dreams, and aspirations.
Live your life the way you want your life to be.
Now is the Time to Begin Again
Yes, now is the time to give yourself some time and begin your life again.
All your life you think of others before you make your life choices. Your parents, your siblings, your teachers, your neighbors, your society, and even your child have been influencing your choices. They have shaped, manipulated, or set the “do’s and don’ts” for you.
Now that you have dealt with all your duties and taken care of all your responsibilities, you deserve to make your rules for your life.
Age and time won’t wait for you. Why should you wait for them? You should look forward to your life ahead. Make something beautiful out of it.
Start your new life because life is and will be what you make it.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Arnaba Saha