How old is too old to set a goal and pursue a dream?
If you believe some people, “youth is wasted on the young.” Many feel once you hit 40 you have ‘peaked’. And it’s all down hill from there.
THAT, my friends, is OLD thinking. It not only stalls progress, it makes you look and feel old. Thinking that way is quitting while there is still some fight in you – It is choosing blindness when you still can see.
I was reading the most recent issue of Corvette quarterly this afternoon when a picture of an attractive model caught my eye. Not model of Corvette, mind you but an fashion model by the name of Lorraine Hutto NSFW (Sorry, I am a man after all.)
A-hem. Anyway, I went on to read what was underneath her picture. I was curious to find out the story behind this beautiful woman and the Corvette.
I was surprised to find that yes there was this short blurb about her. She’d written the magazine to tell them that her 2007 Corvette z06 was featured in one of her recent model shoots…
But not only that. Come to find out she started modeling at the tender age of 48 years old. Considering just a few years ago, 48 was considered way ‘over the hill’, I think Lorraine sets a great example that it you are never too old to pursue your dreams.
Can you imagine the negativity she must have had to fight to pursue her dream? Do you think her family or friends felt her dream of modeling was “realistic”? I don’t know personally, but I can almost hear someone saying “Lorraine, you’re too old to start a career in modeling.”
Again, that is “old thinking”. People who think old are too old to pursue a dream. I encounter this personality type frequently.
They say, “I am too old to change careers.” Yet, they never realize there isn’t a law in the land that says you have to work at (insert job here_____________) until the day you retire. In fact, some people never retire. They search until they find the career they love and then they stick with it until the day they die.
Besides… Colonel Sanders was 62 when he founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. Wasn’t he ‘too old’? Naughty Colonel Sanders.. He should have paid attention to the rules and accepted retirement like everyone else. But nooo… he had to go create one of the biggest restaurant franchises in the world. The nerve!
Let the term “too old” be for people who have given up. Instead, keep a mental attitude of youth and energy.
So cheers to Lorraine for ignoring the opinions of the small minded ones and going for her dreams anyway. I guess it’s true, 40 is the new 25. And 49 can be the new 30. But this only works if you have the attitude of youthfulness and you never give up on your dreams.