On the matter of age…growing old is optional

“Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart? For as rich as you are it’s much better by far to be young at heart.” –Young at Heart (Frank Sinatra) I just returned from a short trip to Iceland, and as we were departing, I saw this ‘As we say in Iceland’ sign at the airport which read: ‘A forty year old can do anything.’ I thought, ‘YES! Yes, we can!’ I am currently forty, and when I read that line I felt completely inspired about my future – the possibilities of what I can do and where my coaching career is headed! I was literally thinking “I CAN do anything, so what do I want to do next?! What WILL I do next?!” The rest of the ad read: ‘Well, at least anything a forty year old can do. Every language seems to have its own version of this phrase. ‘Life begins at forty’ is equally paradoxical. We embrace optimism and energy in all people, regardless of age.’ I love their philosophy on age, and I absolutely love that last sentence! I am a firm believer that your state of mind is what causes you to grow old – not an increase in the number of candles on your cake very year. Each year is a gift – time to make memories – to explore, learn, grow, and love. “Age is not how old you are, but how many years of fun you’ve had.” ~Matt Maldre~ What if this was true for everyone, everywhere? What if there were no rules on what...

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