You don’t need to get to any other place before you start something new.
Do you need a little encouragement today?
Harry Bernstein wrote and wrote and wrote and finally published his memoir to critical acclaim when he was 96. He published his second at 97 and his third at 98.
Vera Wang started her career as a designer at 40.
Grandma Moses started painting at 76.
Ernestine Shepherd is an 80-something-year old body builder who began lifting weights in her 50s.
Louise Hay started her own publishing company at 58.
Read about how Kathryn Joosten went after her dream of becoming an actress at 40.
Or how Diana Nyad attempted to swim from Cuba to Miami four times before she successfully pulling herself to the Florida shore after over 50 hours in the open waters without a cage at 64.
Age is just a number. Truly.
It’s hard to remember while surrounded by a culture obsessed with youth and ACHIEVEMENT and fame and money. It bombards us with messages of needing to do something splashy, lucrative, impressive.
Perhaps I’ve just contributed to it?
Okay. Hmm…Good point. How about this?
My client submitted her first proposal to curate a show last year; I’m flying out to her opening next month. She’s in her 50s.
My son’s ex-sitter is about to launch a Kickstarter for a game his young company designed. He’s in his early 30s.
My mom signed up for a yoga teacher training when she was 80.
My neighbor started a non-profit dedicated to sustainable local organic food production when she was in her 40s.
My nephew returned to college when he was 28.
My husband took his first improv class when he was 55 (shaking the whole way and last week, I saw him jump on stage to perform!).
My sister is entering politics in her early 60s, on the cups of launching her campaign for the state senate.
My friend did her first open mike last week. She’s almost 60.
So, when should you start that thing that keeps bubbling up in the back of your mind?
I mean it, literally. Start now.
Every one of the people I’ve mentioned started with one small thing. They jotted down an idea. They poked around online. They browsed the bookstore. They scanned the library bulletin board. They cleared off a counter. They made a phone call.
What is one teeny tiny step that you can do that takes 10 minutes OR LESS?
Then tomorrow, take another.
If you do this for 4 days in a row, your nervous system recognizes it as a pattern. It says, Oh yeah. We do that now. That’s part of our routine.
1. You don’t need get to any other place.
2. You don’t need to know any other things.
3. You don’t need to feel any other ways.
What’s happening right here and now may be tough, tight, scary, chaotic, hazy, dull, flat, daunting, dry.
I get it.