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It's Not Too Late To Start Living Your Dreams

Updated on September 11, 2014
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It's only too late if you never begin at all!

Do you agree that it's never too late to learn? Or are there certain doors that you feel are now closed to you?

OK, be honest with me - how many times have you stopped yourself from doing something because you thought it was too late? Let's hear the excuses. "I'm too old." "I'd need to have started at 20 to be any good." "I've missed my chance."

I know, and I sympathise. There's a lot I wish I'd started at age 20, or age 12, or 7, or 2. (Oh yes, think what a fantastic concert pianist I'd be by now if I'd started music lessons aged 2...)

But, as the saying from Barbara Sher goes, it's only too late if you don't start now!

I'm not asking you to take my word for it, though. Instead, I'm going to let the late starters on this page try to convince you. I hope you enjoy their stories and, above all, that you might just say to yourself: "If they can do it, so can I!"

It's only too late if you don't start now

It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: HOW TO CREATE YOUR SECOND LIFE AT ANY AGE
It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: HOW TO CREATE YOUR SECOND LIFE AT ANY AGE

Motivational writer Barbara Sher wrote this book for over 40s (though personally I don't think you need to hit 40 to take the title message on board).

Her aim is to convince readers that their best years lie ahead, not behind, and that there is a world of possibilities to look forward to.

The book includes common-sense wisdom, questions and exercises to prompt you to break through your self-imposed limits. If you need a dose of inspiration before you start to live your dreams, this could be just what you are waiting for!

 

Snowboarding

Have you thought about trying snowboarding?

If you thought this was one strictly for the under 30 crowd, think again. Here's John Kuby showing, at 59, that there's no age limit on this awesome sport.

And all the ladies out there, I don't want you thinking you get off the hook because he's a man. Chickie Rosenberg was already in her 5th decade when she tried snowboarding, and she now teaches over 40s.

If you visit the wonderful Grays on Trays website and forums, you'll see that these two are not unusual. There are folk in their 60s, 70s and even older on snowboards (trays).

Actually, 'grays on trays' was used by the younger crowd as an insult when more mature snowboarders started showing up on the slope. Well, nobody's insulting these guys anymore.

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John Kuby: 59 year old snowboard king

Age was no barrier to John. What's stopping you?

Snowboarding for beginners

Why I recommend it:

This book and DVD have pride of place on my own bookshelf. Both my husband and I used it to supplement our lessons as adult snowboard beginners, and found it a huge help.

The book on its own is packed with information on every aspect of snowboarding, and the diagrams are well drawn and give clear instructions of hard-to-see things such as where your feet should be applying pressure on your board. Key lessons are also illustrated with step-by-step color photos - making this the most useful snowboarding book I've read.

However, it's even better if you play the corresponding section of the DVD. This will let you see exactly how the professional is doing it so that you can copy his or her technique and posture. Definitely a worthwhile investment!

Go Snowboard: Read It, Watch It, Do It (GO SERIES)
Go Snowboard: Read It, Watch It, Do It (GO SERIES)

Why I recommend it:

This book and DVD have pride of place on my own bookshelf. Both my husband and I used it to supplement our lessons as adult snowboard beginners, and found it a huge help.

The book on its own is packed with information on every aspect of snowboarding, and the diagrams are well drawn and give clear instructions of hard-to-see things such as where your feet should be applying pressure on your board. Key lessons are also illustrated with step-by-step color photos - making this the most useful snowboarding book I've read.

However, it's even better if you play the corresponding section of the DVD. This will let you see exactly how the professional is doing it so that you can copy his or her technique and posture. Definitely a worthwhile investment!

 

Ballet

Ah yes... the ballet. So graceful. But I know what you're thinking. To be a ballerina, you need to be prancing around in a tiny tutu from practically the moment you can walk.

Admittedly, if your dream is to dance the lead in your country's national ballet company, an early start would probably be a huge help!

But don't fall for the 'perfection or nothing' trap. If ballet has always appealed to you, but you are not as young or thin as your daydreams insist you'd need to be, get new daydreams! There are plenty of classes which are for adult ballet beginners. Not a skinny 16-year old on pointe shoes in sight.

At an age when professional ballerinas are retiring, their bodies no longer able to take the strain, many adults are putting on their first pair of ballet pumps and finding out how much fun a ballet class can be.

Or if you discover you do have the dedication and talent to take it seriously, there's a teacher out there for you too.

Ballet's not just for women, either. 90 year old John Lowe, who this year starred in a ballet production staged in his honor, began learning at the tender age of 79.

Adult Beginner Ballet Class

Because it's only for younger, thinner, fitter people if you decide it is.

New York City Ballet Workout

Why I recommend it:

If you are not sure whether you are ready for an adult ballet class, these DVDs are a great way to try some ballet exercises in your own home. The workouts are pretty demanding if you try to keep up with the professionals (as the DVD will tell you, ballet dancers are some of the fittest athletes around) but just go at your own pace. By the end, you will already be feeling a little more graceful!

These DVD workouts are also a good accompaniment to your adult ballet classes, to build your fitness and give you guided instruction between lessons.

New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2
New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2

Why I recommend it:

If you are not sure whether you are ready for an adult ballet class, these DVDs are a great way to try some ballet exercises in your own home. The workouts are pretty demanding if you try to keep up with the professionals (as the DVD will tell you, ballet dancers are some of the fittest athletes around) but just go at your own pace. By the end, you will already be feeling a little more graceful!

These DVD workouts are also a good accompaniment to your adult ballet classes, to build your fitness and give you guided instruction between lessons.

 
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Go (back) to College

Maybe you went to college and but, with the benefit of hindsight, would have loved to have taken a different direction. Or perhaps you never had the chance, or wasted it in the recklessness of youth...

Well it's not too late... (what do you mean, you knew I was going to say that?)

Mature students are no longer all that unusual in college / higher education. In fact, the over 25 year old age category is becoming a significant sector in education, and universities everywhere are waking up to that fact. There has never been better support and encouragement for the older student.

Even if studying on campus is out of the question, there may be other ways to fit a degree into your busy lifestyle. I've just spent the last two years as an online learner, studying for a Masters degree. I graduate this week (at time of writing - November 2009) with a distinction! I worked for much of the time I was studying, but was able to fit in the seminars and assignments around my own schedule.

Why not see if something similar is on offer in a subject that would suit you?

If you still think you've missed your chance at college, I'm going to hand you over to Nola Ochs, who graduated in 2007 at the age of 95, alongside her 21 year old grand-daughter.

Try telling Nola that you're too old!

Nola Ochs - 95 year old graduate

She wouldn't let anyone tell her she was 'too old'.

Play a Musical Instrument

Do you wish you had learned to play a musical instrument when you were a kid?

It's true that it's easier to learn when you are young. And yes, there are parents putting 3 year olds before the piano and teaching them to play nursery rhymes.

But forget about all that. Accept that you won't be a child prodigy. What you can be, however, is an adult who has learned to play a few tunes. (Stick at it, and you may go way further than that!)

You have the advantage over many children. You'll be learning because you really want to, not because your parents say you have to!

Violinist.com has an entire thread for adult beginners to share their stories. While some took music up again after a long interval, others started with no experience at all.

If anyone tells you that you can't learn a musical instrument as an adult, the below video should convince you otherwise. This beginner began learning the piano in April 2008. The video was posted to YouTube less than a year later.

Talented adult piano beginner plays Chopin beautifully

What a difference one year can make! Imagine if they'd been too scared of failure to give it a go?

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course

Why I recommend it:

Well, you could learn with a child's book, but you might soon get tired of nursery rhymes and other songs designed to appeal to kids!

The first book in this course includes a wide variety of tunes to learn, including The Entertainer, Scarborough Fair and Amazing Grace. You'll learn chords with both hands, which will give you a head start on playing like a professional rather than picking out tunes with one finger.

This book, highly-rated by adult learners on Amazon, is the first in a series so you will be able to progress onto the subsequent books once you've mastered this one.

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One
Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One

Why I recommend it:

Well, you could learn with a child's book, but you might soon get tired of nursery rhymes and other songs designed to appeal to kids!

The first book in this course includes a wide variety of tunes to learn, including The Entertainer, Scarborough Fair and Amazing Grace. You'll learn chords with both hands, which will give you a head start on playing like a professional rather than picking out tunes with one finger.

This book, highly-rated by adult learners on Amazon, is the first in a series so you will be able to progress onto the subsequent books once you've mastered this one.

 

Paddy Jones is a Salsa Superstar - at 75!

Here's a lady who didn't let age get in her way. Paddy Jones, 75, won a major Spanish TV talent contest: Tu Si Que Vales with her salsa partner Nico who is in his thirties.

Although a professional dancer in her younger years, Paddy has only been dancing the salsa for 5 years, taking up the dance after the loss of her husband.

Read more about Paddy and her sensational Salsa win here:

Dancing Gran Wins TV Talent Search

Salsa Grandmother

Would you like to be dancing like this at her age? I know I would!

© 2009 Indigo Janson

Do you agree that it's never too late? - What are you going to 'try trying' in the year ahead?

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    jimconrad2 3 years ago

    After we cash flow college for ours kids for the next 10 years, my wife and I will begin to do those things we've been putting off. Barbra Sher is a great author. Thanks for sharing.

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    tmsmith19 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! I am currently working on a few dreams of mine that I have had for a very long time! I agree with you, it is NEVER to late to try. Great lens!

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    catherine-g-davis 5 years ago

    @LoriBeninger: Congratulations. That's inspiring! I'll check out your book.

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    LoriBeninger 5 years ago

    I have wanted to write a book since I was 12 -- and last week, my historical fiction adventure "Embracing the Elephant" was published for Kindle (with more EBook formats and print versions to roll out over the next few weeks)! Oh, and I turn 60 this year.

    âOf all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.â

    â Kurt Vonnegut

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    Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

    @Pam Irie: He sounds unstoppable! Good for him.

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    Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

    Very inspiring. My husband watched the snowboarding Greys on Trays with interest. He's 55 and has been surfing since he was 8. He took up snowboarding about 5 years ago and tries to make at least one trip to the mainland each winter. Great page!

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    pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

    It's never to late for learning something new.

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    julieannbrady 5 years ago

    Well, I do surely agree that it is never too late to try anything. For me, I am right now trying to find my "match" yet again. Tackling the singles scene! I put it off for quite a while and then dove right in.

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    aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration!:)

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    BookNympho LM 5 years ago

    What an inspiring lens! I agree, it's never too late for anything!

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    siobhanryan 5 years ago

    I agree-went to college for the first time at 42-re started my life over again at 38 and again at 49-if you want to you can

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    KateHonebrink 5 years ago

    I didn't start writing until last year and I'm not as young as I look! I never realized it was what I've always wanted to do until I did it. Thanks for this lens - truly inspirational!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    THIS IS WHAT I CALL POSITIVE ATTITUDE.I FEEL IF YOU HAVE LIFE YOU CAN AND SHOULD FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.THIS IS A GOOD ARTICLE

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    Paul Franciskato 5 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

    Attitude is what matters! The saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," is true only for those who decide not to try. I enjoyed reading your lens!

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    Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

    @Lady Lorelei: Very true. Thanks for sharing such an uplifting point of view.

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    Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

    It truly is never to late to begin again or to accomplish your dreams. In today's rough economic times many have adapted and struck back into the stream of success once again....just moving in a direction which they never imagined they would take. We certainly are adaptable.

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    KiwiSanet 6 years ago

    The message is just what I needed today. Yes, I believe it is never too late but it is so good to see it in action like the people in the videos.

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    Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

    I love the message here. There is no such thing as too late. The Barbara Sher quote is fantastic. What is it that you can start right now? That is my take away.

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    Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

    My mother went back to college to get her masters degree. She taught me a lot about never too old. Great lens, angel blessed.

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    Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

    How very wonderfully inspirational. I Love it :)

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    Laniann 6 years ago

    What a wonderful lens! I love this video "Paddy Jones is a Salsa Superstar - at 75!" All the people you have showcased are an inspiration to us all. We should never say it is too late. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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    Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

    Great idea for a lens. The problem most of us face as we get older is either money, health or time, or any combination of the above. I have dreams I would love to fulfill, if I had the money.

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    dustytoes 7 years ago

    It's never too late if it's your heart's desire to do something or have something. It helps to have encouragement, money and the freedom to do it too, but where there's a will there's a way, right?

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @caketech: Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    caketech 7 years ago

    Very inspirational lens! Thanks for uplifting me today!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @DeborahLynne: Thanks Debbie, I think you have got it right -- as long as it's fun it doesn't matter if you never reach the dizzy heights of brilliance. Some things are worth doing simply for enjoyment.

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    DeborahLynne 7 years ago

    I love the Chopin recital you chose. I used to play the piano a little when I was younger. A friend of mine from our Church loaned me a keyboard (she surprised me one day at Church) so I could relearn what I have forgotten over the years. I never learned to play very well, especially the left hand. It is however a lot of fun. I like to play the old traditional hymns.

    I very much enjoyed listening to the music, very nicely done lens. Debbie

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @dc64 lm: I like your attitude! Without a time limit anything seems possible...!

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    dc64 lm 7 years ago

    Nice. I stopped thinking the 'too old' thing awhile back, because I've decided I want to live forever. This means there is no such thing as too old. Oh, the things I can learn without a time limit!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @burgessvillian: Great words of advice, thanks Ron!

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    burgessvillian 7 years ago

    I find now that I'm 48 that I am learning more everyday and want to. I think that any age is a good place to start. I have heard of a woman who got a PHD in her sixties and a 16 yr. old girl who sailed around the world solo. Find your passion and run with it. Great lens and thumbs up.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @jolou: Isn't she just? Thanks Joanne, glad you found it inspiring and appreciate your support!

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    jolou 7 years ago

    What an inspiring lens! Salsa grandmother is great! Love the quotes you have here also.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @myraggededge: LOL, somehow I'm sure YOU are already living your dreams. :)

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    myraggededge 7 years ago

    I dunno... my knees are protesting just at the thought of snowboarding and ballet. I could learn the recorder or something, I suppose.

    Inspiring lens!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @WildFacesGallery: Thank you. Your work has been inspiring me to say that "it's not too late" to get back into art.

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    Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

    Very Inspirational and well put together. Nice lens. :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @KarenTBTEN: Thanks very much, Karen.

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    KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

    A very nice message -- and beautiful poster choices.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @poptastic: I really appreciate that, Cynthia, and I love the fact that the message of this lens rang true for several of you.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @WindyWintersHubs: Thank you WindyWinters. Your parents sound truly inspirational, and you are clearly carrying on the family tradition - love it!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @luvmyludwig lm: Thanks for visiting and the kind comment!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @RuthCoffee: I hope you found something new to try for 2010, mulberry! Good luck with all your endeavours. :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Congratulations on a 'mid-life' career change (if you don't mind my calling it that!), that really is something to be proud of.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Congratulations on a 'mid-life' career change (if you don't mind my calling it that!), that really is something to be proud of.

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    Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

    I have always loved this lens of yours and I think the message is very timeless and inspirational so I'm back with some *angel blessings*

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    WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

    It's never too late. Wow, Congrats on your Masters Degree! My dad learned to ski at 50 and is still skiing at age 78 (with mom, too). I returned to college at um...age 43 and graduated from Applied Business (certificate) in 2001. Oh, dear! It's been awhile! Happy New Year!

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    luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

    Great job on this lens. I love the approach you took! You are so right.

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    RuthCoffee 7 years ago

    Truer words were never spoken...now let's see, what should I try?

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    I went back to nursing school at 45. It's never too late!!!!

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    Addy Bell 7 years ago

    I do. I've a number of skills to people of all ages, and I've changed personal habits that I thought were inborn personality traits. Age is never a barrier to learning something new.

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    Mickie Goad 7 years ago

    I learned to ski at 50! My best friend snowboards. Thanks for the inspiration. I am not sure what new thing I am going to try.

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    Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

    This is so wonderful, and I agree. I've always upheld the mantra "it's never too late to be what you could've been". Love this lens. (:

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    This is a very well done lens!

    Deserves 5 stars... and more!

    Dom.

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    Laniann 7 years ago

    Yes, I agree with you that It's Never Too Late. 5*