Hey friend – you haven’t peaked.
Here’s the deal. I am 42 years old. I hate admitting it but it’s true.
I went to college late. I graduated late. I got married late. I had babies late. Everything in my life I have done late. Nothing in my life I have done early.
And lately I have been thinking, “I’ve missed it. I’ve missed my chance.” I still want to be a writer. I still want to have a book published. I still want to be able to speak and share. There are still those dreams I want to chase after. But then my brain says, “Calm down, you’re too old now. You’ve peaked. It’s over. You had a good little run. You got into some magazines. Be grateful and calm down for the rest of your life now.”
I hear this in my head all the time. All the time. But, the hope in my heart keeps whispering, “It’s not too late! You haven’t peaked! Keep trying.”
So while my head and my heart are at war over all of this, I put on a podcast where the guest was Dr. Andrew Huberman from Stanford University. He is this amazing Neuroscientist and he was talking about his career and lab with excitement. He said that if he lived to be 90 years old then he still had a good 50 years to still work hard at his career and hopefully help so many people in the process of his findings.
As he said all of this it dawned on me – me too! If I live to be 90 years old, I have 50 years to be a writer. If I live to be 80 years old, I have 40 good years to be a writer. Hey, even if I only live to 60 years old, I still have 20 years to be a writer. That is so many words and novels and ideas and hope that can be written about and shared in that amount of time.
Regardless if it’s your career, or marriage or children, or whatever that dream you have been thinking of, praying for, and holding on to – just because it hasn’t come yet doesn’t mean it won’t. Just because you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for by now doesn’t mean they won’t come. You can still get married over 30. You can still have that baby in your 40s. You can still start that new business in your 50s. You can go back to college, start a new career, try a new hobby, always. Your age shouldn’t hold you back.
Why do you say you have peaked when you haven’t? Life isn’t over. It’s not like that at a certain success level that life ends anyways. There is always something you can pursue and chase after. You have never, ever, EVER peaked. You are never, ever, EVER at your end. As long as you have a breath within you friend, don’t you dare give up on that dream in your heart. Keep going. It’s possible. There might be mountains to climb but, for sure, you haven’t peaked.