Just when you think you are too old to do something, think again. So much of the aging process has to do with how we think about it. The goal is to become a sage rather than age. What can you do now that you could not do then?
What do you know now that you did not know then?
What do you still want to do with your time?
What do you still want to learn?
Consider this from The Speaker's Sourcebook by Glenn Van Ekeren:
- Actor George Burns won his first Oscar at age 80.
- Michelangelo was 71 when he painted the Sistine Chapel.
- At age 96, playwright George Bernard Shaw broke his leg when he fell out of a tree he was trimming in his backyard.
- Doc Councilman, at 58, became the oldest person ever to swim the English Channel.
- Painter Grandma Moses didn't start painting until she was 80 years of age. She completed more than 1,500 paintings after that; 25 percent of those were produced when she was past 100!
Jann's Note: A key component of sage-ing is continuing to learn and turn around and mentor others. What do you know that you could teach someone else? A sense of curiosity makes the world go 'round.