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When did I become the oldest person in the room? I’m guessing that most of us ‘of a certain age’ remember when we first had that thought. It’s corollary, “wow, I’m not the youngest (fill in the blank) anymore”, was another startling moment for many of us.

For me, the rather shocking moment came when I was interviewing a young woman for a position on one of my teams. While scanning her resume I noted that she graduated from the same high school from which I had graduated. When I mentioned this to her the thought flashed through my mind that she wasn’t even born the year I graduated. Yikes!

I started working full-time straight out of high school and simultaneously attended college classes at night. Eventually I pursued my business degree in earnest while progressing in my accounting career. As a result of this path, and a lot of hard work, I was often younger than my peers. I was also often younger than people who reported to me, so I just thought of myself as the youngest person in the room. The idea that I was hiring a college graduate who was so much younger than me was truly jarring.

As I’ve gotten older and re-invented my professional life a few times, it can be tempting to doubt myself, thinking “I’m too old for this s#*t.” I know that’s the attitude of many people, especially women, when considering how their life has unfolded in ways that they aren’t satisfied with. Although not entirely happy, their attitude is often, “what’s the use, it’s too late, or the ever popular, “I’m too old to change.”

Fortunately, our society has become much more accepting of the idea that older adults can still be healthy, productive, active members of society. Consider that at age 65, there is every reason to believe that we still easily have another 20+ years of healthy, active life ahead of us, and many of us will have many more years after that.

If you are experiencing a later-in life change, transition, or just a realization that your life could be more fulfilling, I can teach you simple tools to address these issues and make the most of the rest of your life. If you want to make significant changes to your relationship(s), job, business, finances, or just your overall happiness, please message me or check out my website so we can set up time to chat. It’s never too late to make your life better.

For your inspiration, here are some later-in-life success stories:

·       Grandma Moses started painting at 76 after arthritis in her hands forced her to give up needlepoint.

·       Julia Child re-invented her life and had her first cooking show 51.

·       ‘Colonel’ Harland Sanders founded KFC at 65.

·       Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first Little House on the Prairie book at age 65.

·       Frank McCourt published Angela’s Ashes, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, at age 66.

·       And one of my personal favorites, Warren Buffet, the ‘Oracle of Omaha”, at age 93 is still one of the most respected investors and business leaders in the world. His annual shareholder meeting is one of the most anticipated and well-covered events of the year in the business world.

Here’s to making the rest of our lives the best, healthiest, happiest, and most active possible.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle, the other as though everything is a miracle.”- Albert Einstein

Sometimes I find it useful to remind myself of the beautiful, abundant, and miraculous nature of the universe. Our very existence as a human being is one of the most miraculous events of all. First, just imagine all the individual circumstances of each set of your ancestors coming together, having their children, and eventually leading to your parents coming together to create the unique human being that is you.

As if that isn’t mind-bending enough, let’s explore the actual creation of a human baby. We all understand that any animal gestation results, at its most basic level, from the division of cells. But consider this; not only do the cells divide and divide and divide, eventually resulting in roughly 30 trillion cells in a human adult, but each new cell knows what it is supposed to become and do. During the nine months that a human baby is in the womb, cells divide, but also know how to become legs and arms and brains and hearts and all the other organs. Mind-bending indeed.

Then, consider the stars in our sky. Beautiful to see, but so numerous and vast that it is impossible for our little pea brains (or mine at least) to comprehend. Our Milky Way alone contains over 100 billion stars, one being our sun that is placed in the perfect place to support life on earth. In total, scientists predict that our universe has about one septillion stars. That’s a one followed by 24 zeroes. Again, impossible to understand. And that’s not even discussing the vast distances involved.

I’ll highlight just one other example for your consideration. There are about 380,000 known species of plants. Our planet hosts about 3,700 species of bromeliads alone. The one you are likely most familiar with is the pineapple. I remember first seeing this information posted while admiring the plants in the Balboa Park Botanical Building. At the time I was amazed, never having considered the immensity of the varieties of flora on our planet. To this day, I continue to be impressed and awed by this statistic.

I hope you’ll take time today to ponder the wonder of this miraculous universe and appreciate all the beauty we’ve been given to freely enjoy every day.

“The (wo)man who views the world at 50 the same as (s)he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of (her) his life.”- Muhammad Ali

I saw this quote the other day and have been pondering its wisdom. As a person who has been pretty committed to learning and growing throughout my life, I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment.

My early life was very small. It consisted of a small group of friends, school, church, and my family. We were not well off and didn’t travel, or really do much of anything at all. My social activities revolved around my church, and I eventually became the youth group president. All the way up through my high school years I had very limited visibility to other religions, races, or political views.

After an eye-opening incident that resulted in me resigning my church membership when I was 21, I started to re-examine my spiritual beliefs. Simultaneously I was working full-time at an office job and began going to college at night. Slowly, slowly my horizons began to broaden. Over time, I learned more, grew in my world view, got an education, and became much more informed about the world. For many years, this mostly happened organically, with very little intentionality.

Once I finished my degree (eight long years after I started) I followed a pretty traditional path of pursuing a career, getting married, and having a family. It wasn’t until I began experiencing bouts of depression and anxiety that I decided I had to address some pretty serious childhood trauma. I won’t go into the whole long and winding road I experienced for many years, but what ultimately happened was I was led to further seek a deeper understanding of universal truths, spirituality, and healing modalities.

After travelling down this road for some time now, my world view, the way I think about my life, and my (limited) understanding of our role here on earth as powerful spiritual beings, looks nothing like the views I held 30 years ago. And, although life continues to present me with evidence that I certainly don’t have it all figured out, I’m very proud of my continued growth. I know it’s my purpose to help others who are willing to grow and evolve too.

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