Fall In Love With Your Future 19.0: Don’t Assume Only the Young Can Look to the Future
Don’t Assume Only the Young Can Look to the Future
Fall In Love With Your Future 19.0
Until the moment of death, we each have potential and we have a future. Though no one can go back and start over, anyone can start now and have a brand new future. The future stretches before us like soft freshly poured cement, waiting for the imprint we give it by our habits and our choices.
History abounds with examples of people who began their most significant contribution later in life. Perhaps it’s because people with more years under their belts have a larger network of associates and a deeper pool of past mistakes to help them better assess a new project. Additionally, human nature sometimes values the future more when there is less of it. Maturity can also give us the ability to get very intentional about a project, perhaps making an impact in fewer years.
A by-product of “future excitement” for people of all ages is that we tend to stay healthier, live longer, and fend off disease better when we have a purpose greater than ourselves to get up for each morning.
Successful businessman John O. Todd was still creating 10, 15, and 20 year plans for himself when he was 75 years old. He realized each of those dreams and lived vibrantly into his 90’s.
One advantage of age is that we are no longer drawn to the hurried pace of youth or middle age. We see the value of working toward goals at a reasonable rate, and we give ourselves the luxury of slowing down to do things that will renew us—like playing with our grandchildren. Many say the later decades of life may be our best: we can enjoy learning as if we would live forever, and we can enjoy loving as if we might die tomorrow.
“No matter what your age, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.”