Oldsters are the new black.
Anyone over 50 is of rare value and in a league of their own.
Money can’t buy history or authenticity or experience, not all the money in the world.
There is no other way to get to be old than to live yourself there. It just can’t be faked—it is the very essence of what writers and filmmakers and influencers around the globe are always seeking—it is the real deal.
Far from becoming obsolete, older people are more relevant than ever, more emotionally complex, with better stories, and smarter jokes. Which is pure, commercial gold, if you care about that sort of thing.
Haven’t accomplished all your dreams yet? Don’t panic—our later years are the time to shine in a way that young stars just can’t. How could they? They don’t have the wisdom, the experience, or—let’s face it—the pocketbook to shine like a 50-something can.
To think that a person is washed-up or has nothing to give after mid-life is ridiculous. There are so many stories you can tell only after that age! It’s the only time in life when you are both interesting and have the wits and know-how to get things done properly.
Also, with age comes a new awareness of mortality which really tends to kick things into high gear. History is full of famous late bloomers, and we should all take inspiration from them. Some shaped the world we know today but would never have had a chance if they’d given up too soon. Charles Darwin, for instance—the first scholar of biology, the man who illuminated the concept of evolution—didn’t even get started until age 50.
So, if you haven’t made all or any of those goals or milestones yet, don’t fret and don’t give up!
Dreams can lie dormant for years, but they will come to life if you tend to them.
Dreams are like seeds, waiting in the soil for water. Water them. Start wherever you are—just start!
And remember, the older you get, the more you have to give. At 52-years-old, I’m proof it’s never too late.
Late bloomers really do rock!
~Excerpt from Diane Rios’ article in Elephant Journal
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