This is a question that I’m sure we have all asked ourselves at some point in our lives, and in many different scenarios. From the simple “Am I too old to play video games” to the more complex “Am I too old to do <Insert Your Choice Here>”. I for one found myself in a similar situation recently, looking at a change of career. I’ve had a career in Retail for as long as I can remember, and it was a career that I loved until last year when it all came tumbling down. Take the Eiffel Tower as an example, the elegance, the strength and the sheer pride it projects, now cut off one of the legs and watch it tumble……yep that was me. In one foul swoop everything that I loved changed and for a lack of a better word my meltdown began.
So here I am a year down the line, finding myself stronger looking for what I “want” to do as a career for the rest of my life. I say “want” as lets be truthful with ourselves, as we are growing up its very rare that we get the joy of finding a career that we truly “want” as opposed to making a choice for all the wrong reasons. There ultimately comes a time when doing what makes you happy is more important than other factors, that thing most of us refer to as “Quality of Life”. So at the age of 36 I’m now looking to become a Personal Trainer.
Of course the FIRST question that came to mind was “Am I too old?” The resulting answer in my case is “no”, and I knew it was, but that didn’t stop me asking it in the first place. Now I’m well aware that there are many examples of when the answer might have been “Yes”, but this time wasn’t one of them. Now before I go any further we need to understand in many different walks of life there are always different answers. From health issues to just plain physical or mental capabilities there will always be a chance that the hand we’ve been dealt won’t allow us to achieve what we desire.
So as long as we keep that in mind and take everything with a pinch of salt (too much is bad for you) lets continue. I was talking with a close friend the other night and he was in a similar situation to me, although he wasn’t starting a new career as such he wants to return to one he left when he was younger, and he said “He was worried about his age at 28”. Now through this conversation I touched on a point which I believe is pivotal and should always be remembered when we look at these situations.
There is a real fine line between being “worried” about your age and being “aware” of it.
Health permitting age really is just a number and not something that we should be afraid of, by all means respect it and be aware of it, but we shouldn’t lose sleep over it.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”
C. S. Lewis