Dream Big! It’s a constant theme most of our lives as others encourage us… to go for it…accomplish big things…but if you do not achieve so-called big things by age 50, are you done? And who defines what is big? I was recently in a conversation and someone said that after age 50 there is no reason to dream of a different life. He believed that by age 50 we are done…set in concrete in the life we chose or was handed…and there is no reason to dream. He believed at that point it is senseless day dreaming and a waste of time. I just happen to disagree.
Since I began blogging, I have met so many incredible women who changed their lives after 50 and began new directions. Some are business owners, models, artists, writers, and then, of course, there are women like 94 -year- old Iris Apfel. She is a fashion icon and an industry unto herself. Age has nothing to do with dreaming big dreams. In fact I would say that it keeps us young at heart, Here is a very small list of some individuals who dared to dream:
Gladys Burrill Ran a Marathon, at Age 92
Teiichi Igarashi Climbed Mt. Fuji, at Age 100
William Ivy Baldwin Tightrope Walked Across a Canyon, at Age 82
John Glenn went to space at age 77
Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida at age 64
Jim Butenschoen, 65, left the IT industry to start a hair-design academy
Rand Smith exited the corporate world to open an optical retail business in his 50s
Chris and Susan Beesley started their online business in their Mid-50s
Ernestine Shepherd, 78, Is the world’s oldest female bodybuilder. She began at age 56.
Michael Grottola started his consulting firm at the age of 65.
Sam Taylor started an online art business at age 63
I dream often…not of fame and fortune. I would love to move to a smaller town in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, run a Bed & Breakfast, and write! That would be achieving a dream for me. I love the idea of a smaller town (San Antonio is currently the second fastest growing city in the country, and I can testify to that fact every day when I drive to and from work!) I also love to cook, decorate, entertain, and write. It would be a place my grandchildren would love to visit. Notice, I am not dreaming of climbing a mountain or swimming the ocean or running great races…I will leave that to other dreamers. But, somehow, I can see this in my future despite being in my 60s. That doesn’t mean it will happen…but I can dream, can’t I?
So, what would you do if you could do anything? Dare to dream…you never know where it might lead you.
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE!
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