I find it so surprising how so many young adults feel that once they enter the real world there’s nothing else for them to learn. Our thoughts tell us, “I’m too old to do that” or, “I’ve missed my chance” and we stop ourselves from moving accepting challenges. Why do we feel that our age determines what they can do and our ability to learn?
A couple of days ago I went to lunch with a friend who I haven’t seen in a while. She’s in grad school, engaged, working full-time, and starting her own business. As she filled me in on her life, she repeatedly said that she’s happy she went back to school and thankful for her current schedule. She had a lot of doubts about going back to school at 30 and if she would be able to handle it. However, she knew this was something she needed to do for herself.
Listening to her story hit home because lately I’ve been thinking about how I need to gain more skills to be more versatile in my career. The thoughts about being to old to go back to school have crossed my mind. Then I hear some advice that my grandmother gave me; she would say that we are never too old to learn something new, and a day where we didn’t learn something is a day that was wasted.
We have to determine what thought we accept as truth and if we allow them to dictate our lives. My grandmother who is 92 and still reads, takes classes, and looks to learn new things despite her age. So when I see her doing it without reservation, there’s no excuse why I can’t pursue an education. So if you take away the age factor and only focus on what lies ahead, what excuses do you have now?