You are never too old to dream a new dream. Isn’t that a beautiful statement? Indeed, the thought of growing older is never appealing. Not only do we feel bad over the physical changes that take place, but with every passing year we look back and wonder what could have been. What could we have achieved if only we started getting serious about life when we were younger? What great things could we have done if only we had a good “start”?
How sad it must be to sit around and mope over lost time! However, what so many people do not understand is that age is just a number. Life is life and if you are alive then you have the potential to achieve anything you set your mind to. So let’s say an older person, a senior citizen perhaps, resents young people for their energy and their youthful bodies. Why? Isn’t it safe to assume that most young people take their youth for granted?
Instead of doing these great things that you imagine, the majority of 20-somethings are watching TV, dating, playing sports, drinking alcohol and generally living it up. Why is a young person’s life any better than yours? You are the one that has time to accomplish things. You are the one that has wisdom that comes from a lifetime of experience. You have friends, contacts and a world of knowledge that would take a younger person a lifetime to learn.
The problem is not your body or your mind—it’s the perception of society that our elders are incapable of great achievement. The media tells us that if you don’t achieve great things when you are young, then you never will. While such negativity does keep many older persons stifled, some people are strong enough to go against the current and find success anyway. And they succeed!
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