I remember the day my life changed. I’ve had several moments in the last dozen years or so where the universe kicked me in the butt. But there is one moment in particular where it shoved me into the path that I am on now. I was not given any options. My path was clear and I was going to follow through. No excuses. That day lead me here. Now.
For a long time, I thought my time was over.
I believed the world celebrated youth. I was well past my prime. “No one wants to hear me now.” That is an exact quote. My visions of grandeur were over. I was too old and didn’t have value. Those beliefs died slowly. Some raise a hand even now like a drawn-out death scene by Lucille Ball. And yet, I pursued.
It was nine years ago. My daughter and I were having a cup of tea together at the table. She was 18 years old at the time. She looked up from her teacup and asked: “Mom, why aren’t you singing and acting anymore.” I looked at her and smiled. “I’m too old sweetheart. My visions of grandeur are gone. No one wants to hear me now.”
She looked sad. “But Mom, you’ve wanted to sing since you were three years old. It’s your dream.”
“I know. It’s ok. It’s just the way life went. I do things every once in a while to feed the beast.” (and it is a beast that needs feeding).
My daughter’s response would change my life forever. It was the shove I needed to move forward. I never would have without it. She said “Mom, would you want me to give up on my dreams?”
I sat there holding my cup of tea, knowing my life was changing forever. I looked at her and couldn’t figure out how she was so wise at such a young age. I was immediately pushed out of my comfort zone. I was scared of what the future would hold. My eighteen-year-old daughter had pushed me out of the nest. I answered, “No, of course not.”
“Then why are you giving up on yours?”
Move ahead 9 years and so much of my life has changed. For the better. It was a slow process. Taken one small step at a time. But I am finally living the life I was born to live. Getting closer each day to the life I dream of. I’m not saying its perfect. But I am saying that it is far better than the life I was living.
If there is one piece of advice I can give to you in my lifetime, it is the realization that we can be so much more than we are. Life isn’t over at 40 or 50, or 80.
We are never too old to become the person we were born to be.
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