You’re Never Too Old for New Beginnings and Dreams
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot
This has got to be one of my favorite words of wisdom; it has helped me through the many difficult situations that I have found myself in.
Five years ago, I suddenly found myself not knowing what else was in store for me, considering the three years leading to my 30th birthday were wasted due to my illness. I felt too old for certain jobs and the creative source of income I used to have was no more (my weakened hands and the strict advice of my endocrinologist determined that I simply cannot earn my living the same way anymore). While our family had (and continues to have) sources of income that can sustain me, I grew depressed over the idea of being in my thirties and relying on my parents financially. It also made me miserable that I had no clue as to what other things I could do so I can be financially independent. I was lost, and the even bigger problem was that I had no clearly defined destination in life.
Thankfully, my family was very supportive — my parents said they can help me start a business that I can easily manage, and my sister, who had different writing gigs, decided to share those with me so I can have my own money. They never grew weary of encouraging me and reminding me of all the things I used to do on the side while I was employed or working on my handmade jewellery business, such as organizing day camps for our church, tutoring, baking, doing makeup for family and friends, blogging, etc. With my family’s help (the best support system), my attention was averted from my limitations, and was redirected toward the skills that I was blessed with. Now, I am on a good path — my job is not necessarily my dream job, but it allows me to uphold my responsibilities and at the same time live the life that makes me happy.
The years have been a continuous learning process for me and I have managed to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a person. The future, with all its uncertainties, no longer scares me. I am turning 36 this year but I am actually excited about that; I don’t feel that age is a hindrance to me achieving what I want with my life. I believe no age really is too late for new beginnings and dreams.
So to anyone who’s struggling with life in general, and who’s asking “Where do I go from here?” my advice is to find yourself a support system. If you don’t have family and friends who can proactively provide you the boost you need, get in touch with a personal coach who will guide you to become the person that you have always wanted to be. Everybody is entitled to a good life and there are means all over to help you focus and outwork the different factors preventing you from achieving this.