Yes, I am talking about you! It’s never too late to move into greatness. Now greatness does not mean that you have to do something heroic or that makes you world famous. Rather, it has to do with you first acknowledging that you are unique and have talents that you can use to enrich your own life and even positively affect the world around you. That, in my opinion, is true greatness. And guess what, you can do this at any age. There is no such thing as being too old. As long as you have breath, it’s never too late! Warning: doing this can lead to much happiness and improved health!
Think this could never be you? Let’s take a look at two real world people that I think are great examples of this. Sue Kreitzman, artist, writer, and curator, and (OK I’m a bit prejudiced) my dad, Leonard Hamilton.
Sixteen years ago, Sue Kreitzman, who is now widely renowned for her art, was in the midst of a storied career in the food world as a successful writer and cookbook author when her world shifted. You see, it all started when she started doodling and created her very first piece of art and kept on creating things because it gave her joy. She could not have known that it would lead to her becoming a noted artist and curator and now the whole world is enriched by her gift. And get this, Sue is completely untutored as an artist, she just creates what she is moved to do. But what if she hadn’t followed the urge to doodle? Oh, and she was around 58 years of age at the time! I can tell you that the world of art and beauty would be that much poorer. You see, never too late! Check out her amazing story and art HERE.
Then, there’s my Dad. If you couldn’t tell already, I am so very proud of him. He started his professional life as a machinist in the 1950s, and by the time of his retirement at the age of 71 had risen to be a design engineer. He designed plastic parts for computers. Why, I could possibly be typing this post on parts my dad designed! How cool is that? Dad tells me that he is even busier now than when he was working! He works out at the gym every day and has even become an inspiration and a coach of sorts to others. They cannot believe that he looks as good as he does at 84! People younger than he is are asking for his advice! Wow! This, I believe, is because his love for exercising comes through and others see that and respond to it. He especially loves that he is helping others to be healthier. Dad has also discovered a passion for gardening and now grows some of the most succulent fruits and vegetables you have ever seen and his flowers aren’t bad either! And if you guessed that he is a resource for others in his community looking for assistance with their gardening, you would be right!
Both Sue and my dad exhibit greatness just by the very act of living and doing the things they love and are passionate about which, in turn, makes the world around them the better for it. They could care less about their age, they just get on with it!
Now you may never be world renowned, but you can be renowned in someone’s world just by being you and pursuing and acting on what you love. Here are some tips to get you on the road to your greatness:
Don’t let anyone define your limits and don’t you do it either!
Just go for it, whatever it is and don’t let the opinions of others box you in. And don’t you “self-talk” yourself into a box. You know, that annoying pipsqueak voice inside that can pipe up and say “I can’t do that or I’m too old to do this or that”. Tell that pipsqueak to shut up and you just keep moving! You have one life, don’t leave your song unsung.
Take care of your health!
You know I had to say something about that somewhere, right? But, it’s true, if you do not take care of yourself, it makes it that much harder for you to live to the fullest.
Create things, it will enrich your life!
You never know what impact your creations could have on the world around you. And it will boost your health as well! CLICK HERE to read about the power of creativity.
Do not compare yourself to others!
Remember! You are unique, one of a kind, never to be seen again! You have value, never forget it! No one has your gifts, only you. Only you can do the things you do the way you do them. This is so important (especially for your health!) that it is the first key in my book, The Wellness Mindset: 5 Keys to Building Super Health. CLICK HERE to check it out.
So, the next time you have the urge to try something new, do it! Because it is from such seemingly inconsequential things that greatness can come. To your good health!