You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C S Lewis
It’s such a positive message.
So often we hear the opposite:
You’re too old for that. You’re not a kid.
We can listen to people who say, “You’re too old to (fill in the blank).” We may even hear our own voice whispering similar discouragement, those messages that stem from our own fears or excuses that say, “Don’t be ridiculous. What are you thinking?”
Or we can listen to C. S. Lewis and believe that as long as we have the dream in our heart and we’re still breathing, it’s not too late. As long as we have the desire, even though it may not be easy or without obstacles, we can still take steps toward new dreams and goals.
Thinking we’re too old is how we let ourselves off the hook.
We tend to look back with regret. We say, “If only I would’ve done (something different) 5 years ago. Or even 10 years ago, then everything would be different now.”
And the more time we spend looking back, regretting something in our past, the more time we spend not moving forward.
We convince ourselves that it’s too late instead of getting out of our own way and getting to work.
Sure, people might think we’re wasting our time. They may think it’s pointless, that we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. And we may have moments where we agree with that thinking.
We could let all that negative thinking stop us. Or we can believe what C. S. Lewis says, that we’re never too old.
While we’re able, before it really is too late, let’s dream a new dream, set a new goal.
Let’s get started, then keep going.