This was a good blog post I recently read on Jon Acuff’s blog:
Fully reprinted (original publication, April 27, 2011)
Are you too old to dream?
The other day, I did an online chat about my new book Quitter. Here’s one of the questions someone submitted:
“After raising my family and teaching for 15 years – I am ready to do something else. How old is too old to go back to school for retraining?”
I love that question, how old is too old, because it gets at the heart of one of the loudest voices of fear you’ll hear when you start dreaming. The voice that says, “It’s too late to dream. You’ve missed your chance. Don’t start now. You’ll never catch up.”
And you don’t have to be in your 50s to hear it. You can be a college student who is three years into a major and realizes, “Uh oh, this isn’t what I really want to do.” You can be a 35 year old who chased a specific dream for 12 years and wants to explore something new. The fear of being “too late” is not age specific.
That’s a voice I’ve written about before and will write about again. Because the truth is that as long as you’re not dead, it’s not too late to dream. It’s not too late to start something new. To unearth a new passion or explore a new “what if?”
If your heart still beats, it can still dream.
So next time you hear the voice that tells you “It’s too late to dream,” ask yourself, “Wait a second, am I dead?” If the answer is “no,” then start working on your dream.