Age is one of the most common motives people invoke for not stepping out of their Comfort Zone.
In most of the cases, age is not a real obstacle, but a false assumption and a convenient excuse. Fear and social programming are very real obstacles. Age is not. If you decide at 90 years old that you want to be a MMA champion, although you may train and develop the skills you need to fight in the cage, there will be no living opponents in this age category. It won’t be a good idea if you dream to become a sniper after you’ve already lost your sight, eighter. In all the other areas of personal development, age is just a number and it’s never too late do discover your vocation and monetize it.
The Old Champ’s Return
This year, my kickboxing trainer and friend, Marian Sandulescu, though he is 44 years old, got back in shape, put on his gloves and started to fight again in official tournaments after more than 17 uncompetitive years. Even in the kickboxing family, whose members are generally living examples of strong will and positive attitude, there were some people that rushed to doubt his mental sanity and to advise him to quit fighting and just be a trainer and referee.
Marian, who’s famous for his stubbornness, didn’t listen to their advice and fought. You can’t imagine what impact it had on his students! He was their hero. It was the power of personal example, and he, a not so tall guy, became huge as a mentor.
Marian Sandulescu discovered his vocation long ago. He breathes kickboxing, so it’s not his case, but I can hardly imagine something more wonderful that an old man who has just started his journey toward vocation. That old man is saying, “Even if so much of my life passed, at least now I discover my vocation.” – and then he becomes a living example for those younger than him that it is possible.
When somebody starts his journey, his adventure towards revealing his vocation, when he is 40 years old or even older, You can only respect him and say to yourself, “If he can, I can, too!”
The older you get, the more you get used to your Comfort Zone and the harder it is to escape, but when you realize how much of your life you’ve wasted, when you become aware of how limited and non-stretchable your time is, your determination will be stronger than the false destiny you’re fighting with.
Don’t fear age. It’s not a real obstacle. You may start your journey at 15 years old, as well as at 65. The problem is when you don’t even try.
I consider it an offense to your own being. The saddest thing in this world is to see someone who’s aware of his talent, but says, “I don’t think I’m going to start my mission because...“. You may fill the blanks with any excuse you want. Later it’s always better than never.