March 26, 2013
Today is my wife, Kari’s birthday. She’s forty-five. But today, at forty-five, she has her whole life ahead of her.
The same is true for you and for me.
It is often that when we hit a certain number we feel as though much, if not most of our life is in the rear view mirror than what lies ahead, and that’s simply not true.
- Julia Child didn’t learn to cook until she was in her late thirties, and first appeared on television at age 50.
- Ray Kroc was in his 50s before embarking on the idea of McDonalds.
- George Dawson, authored Life Is So Good. He learned to read and write when he was ninety-eight and co-wrote a best-selling autobiography.
- At 66, Winston Churchill began making his biggest contribution to the world
- In his 70s, Michelangelo began work on St. Peter’s Basilica.
- At 107, a woman by the name of Olive Riley, Australian mother, grandmother and great-
grandmother, began blogging.
Many of us are tempted to buy into the notion of when our “prime of life” really is and if we aren’t “there”, we feel that we have missed our moment. Or, some fall victim to the trap of comparing our life to someone else’s life. Julius Caesar lamented when he was in his early 30s that by his age Alexander had conquered the world, “and said, “I have done nothing”.
But what if we could believe that each of us has our whole life ahead of us? What if we believed that now is the day that ushers in a brand new chapter and that our prime is now? Who said our prime of life was early? I choose to believe that my whole existence is a steady climb, gaining altitude with each new day instead of believing that after some number like 30, or 40, or 70 indicates when I’ll start to loose altitude.
The truth is that all of your life up to this point has been a runway setting you up to succeed going forward. All of those years that have been spent learning (not failing), the time spent raising a family, or paying your dues, or any other kind of setback or disappointment has gifted you with experience that you can bring to the world – now. It does not, it does not matter the age, it matters the mindset.
Still thinking that your moment in the sun has passed? That is your decision and no one can convince you otherwise, but be advised, if that is your thinking, that belief will be realized and you can spend the next five, 10, 20 or 50 years living in regret.
Your life’s performance is truly determined by how you choose to act. So act with the confidence that all of what you have experienced has been a lesson that you can now teach. You can teach from success, you can teach from your failures or setbacks even more so.
It’s time to rediscover your passions. What is it that you have done so well and that others need from you. Is it encouragement? Is it creativity? Is it wisdom? It is a business skill, or a relational skill? What is it that you do that others have always been seeking from you? The answer is in there, those gifts that come so easily to you are easy to you, but not to millions of others. The world need you to share them. Don’t discount the time that has passed and feel as though your season is over.
In fact, if you choose to believe the truth, it’s just beginning.
Need help in rediscovering your passion? Wanting to learn what your authentic performance can mean for your life? Get in touch with me.
Happy Birthday, this is the day it begins.