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You are never too old to dream big

I believe everyone can accomplish big dreams regardless of age.  Last month I had the opportunity to speak to two groups of retired people, “mature” folks like me.  I researched to learn what some of the unique challenges might be in pursuing big dreams once one retires.  Turns out there are many benefits retired people have that we don’t have in our younger years.

Following are some of the benefits retired folks have in pursuing dreams ……..

  • Normally no longer work 9 to 5 (and many more hours) every day.
  • Much more control over our day and calendar.
  • Can take advantage of discounts and slow times.
  • Have time to find our creativity.
  • Know our budgets, have a clear picture of our financial resources for the rest of our lives.
  • Have less stress than we used to!

And, I learned of so many people who accomplished big things later in life.  Following are just a few:

  • Gladys Burrill: Ran her first marathon at age 86, and at the age of 92 she became the oldest woman to complete one successfully.
  • Teiichi Igarashi: Climbed the tallest mountain in Japan, 12,389-foot-high Mt. Fuji, every year beginning at age 89 up until he was 100.
  • Peter Roget: Invented the thesaurus at 73 years old, organizing the widely used collection of synonyms and antonyms. He oversaw every update until age 90. Grandma Moses:  Began to paint at age 76, when her hands became too crippled by arthritis to hold an embroidery needle. At the time of her death, at age 101, her paintings were in museums in Paris and Vienna.
  • Nola Ochs: At 95 became the oldest person to receive a college diploma.

No matter your age, dream big, make a plan, and go for it!


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