Archive for March, 2010
A Life and Career Coach works with clients to remove the obstacles that get in the way of what they want to achieve. Age happens to be one of those obstacles that come up during a coaching session. The conversations with clients become analogous to the endless debate whether you can teach an old dog new tricks. As coach, I am here to share with you that age does not matter when it comes to achieving happiness and fulfillment in life. It does a fine job of fooling people into believing they are too old to have a better life.
A prime example of how age does not matter is in the movie ‘The Bucket List’ where two men fighting terminal cancer decide to fulfill on their long forgotten wish lists. They take on skydiving and do all the things that young people would dare to do. The inspiring story is bittersweet in the end. However, in real life most individuals never fulfill on their dreams and desires.
Why? Maybe because life gets busy and before a person realizes, they feel that the opportunity is no longer available. Ironically, the opportunity is always there. Life is full of opportunities, and it can be as simple as a choice all the way to the very last breath of your life. Just as the two men in the movie decided it was a choice.
Another example of age and its effects on achieving life’s dreams is when I had a conversation with a woman friend of mine in her late 50’s. She shared with me that she feels old because she uses the phrase “hubby” to refer to her husband. I mentioned that I also refer to my husband as “hubby,” and I am in my 30’s. She felt a sense of relief when I shared this because her 20 year old son refers to her as an “old person.” When she proved to him that she is capable of phone text, he was shocked and dismayed. I suggested to my friend that she may want to share with her son that age is not an obstacle for anything.
Life is stacked with obstacles. When age happens to relate to work, the most common mistake a person can make is to think they are too old for a certain occupation. The most important thing to remember is the level of skill and experience you have. If you are not skilled in the field you are entering, note that it is learnable. There is nothing stopping you from going back to college and to learn new skill sets that would support you in the work field. It is only your fears that get in the way of your potential. I invite you to take what matters most, and by having a leap of faith, take a dive into the world of possibilities. What if you do not have to wait until you are diagnosed with a terminal illness to do what is on your bucket list? What if you could pursue your dreams and passions and age was irrelevant?
How would your life go if age were not an issue?