For years people have set themselves life goals based on their age. “I want to have children by X; I want to own a house by Y; I want to have paid off the mortgage by Z.” This custom is ridiculously old fashioned, and we need to bury it. Of course, we should all have life goals, and attaching them to milestones can be useful. However, the world has changed dramatically, and this outdated view of personal achievement targets at socially accepted life points is now at odds with modern society.
For starters, life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last century, and we can no longer expect to roll over and retire in our 60’s. The majority of people live healthier lives and have better access to health care. Respective governments cannot afford to support this growing population, so we need to remain productive for longer. In other words, 50 is the new 30!
The concept of retirement is evolving, and people are now engineering more flexible lifestyles for themselves. People often have several income streams that enable them to live more flexibly, rather than one single career which enslaves them. Many see retirement in a much different light, and thought leaders such as Tim Ferris have workable solutions that enable us to approach this period in our lives very differently. Today, many people continue to work into their 70’s doing things that they love.
Age is just a label
In short, the adage ‘age is just a number’ is true. Age is simply a measurement of time.
It does not need to be the barometer by which you measure and restrict your life. It doesn’t need to define who you are, or be a barrier to you living the life of your dreams unless you choose to allow this.
The fact is this: the only time that it is too late to make a change is when you’re dead. Have a look at this sketch from Michelle Rial.
The world is full of people bringing about change in their lives at all ages. Have you ever been on a course at night school or university and marveled and the collection of people in the room?
Have a look at this image here, which shows it is never too late to start something new.
The way we feel about our age is purely a limiting belief that we hold about ourselves. As with all limiting beliefs, we can reprogramme them with work.