It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been

It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have BeenSome of the stories that inspire me the most are those of the “elderly” who accomplish great feats, find success, and fulfill lifetime goals. It is never too late to be what you might have been as long as you have the desire to make it so.

And the truth is this… we age differently now and the way that we manage the aging process is different as well. When I was a kid, most men in their mid to upper 40’s already had one foot in the grave. Most were dead by their late 60’s or 70’s at the latest. Now, that is no longer the case.

One of my favorite books Younger Next Year more or less states that while getting “older” is unavoidable we can all control the rate and the degree of decay and damage to the body to the point that between ages 55 and 80 you can more or less still live a full, active, and quite satisfying life.

It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been

How many stories have you heard of people who are “of an age” doing things that you would have never thought possible? Some graduate from college finally, heck, some even finish medical school and become doctors. Some finish great athletic feats such as running their first marathon, or are still running in their 80’s and have finished hundreds of them.

It is never too late to be what you might have been and here is a list of people who have proven just that.

But there are others to consider:

At 46, Jack Nicklaus became the oldest man ever to win the Masters.

At 47, Kent Couch attached 105 helium balloons to a lawn chair and flew 193 miles. (This I want to do!)

At 49, Julia Child published her book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

At 59, “Satchel” Paige became the oldest Major League baseball player.

At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, “Lord of the Rings.”

At 69, Canadian Ed Whitlock of Milton, Ontario, Canada, became the oldest person to run a standard marathon in under three hours (2:52:47).

At 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.

At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space!

At 92, Paul Spangler finished his 14th marathon.

It was not too late for these people to do great things, to fulfill their destinies, and neither is if for you. It is never too late to be what you might have been so what or who do you want to be?

Personally, I don’t have too many regrets in life but there is one. And it isn’t really a regret as much as I just wish things had been different. As a younger person, there was evidence that I had some talent and ability as a runner but that was never developed.

I often wish that someone, anyone, might have noticed that and found a way to involve me in the sport, to coach, mentor, and prevent the squandering of that talent as well as my youth.

That is what a lot of my running and racing is about these days… It is never too late to be what you might have been and that is what I am doing… doing my best to be what I never got a chance to become or might have become when I was younger. I don’t believe it is too late for me so I keep working, doing my best, and despite my age… I AM getting better, faster, and stronger each year…

And that is pretty awesome!

Never minimize your capabilities or your prospects for achievement or success at anything solely based on where you are in life or on your age. The truth is, it isn’t not too late but it also just might finally be the right time.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Maddy Fones – 04 October 2015

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