Investing in Yourself: You're Never Too Old

I love quotes. I also love searching the Net looking up what amounts to pretty useless information (otherwise known as wasting time). Combining the two, I recently found myself drawn to yet another page of quotes, and I came upon this gem attributed to C.S. Lewis: "You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream." Pretty nifty stuff.

Of course, this got me to thinking (ahem, wasting even more time) of the things I've done over the past few years that are new to me, things I've started after reaching the big 3-0. While the list isn't extravagantly long or, really, super-impressive, it does coincide with the wisdom from Mr. Lewis.

Goals For Yourself

My dream of writing isn't a new one by any means. I started working on my "best seller" when I was in my teens (it's still not done and in no way, shape or form will become a best anything). But this year, I made it my goal to take that old dream of writing further by a) starting a blog of my own and b) finishing a "novel" I started during last year's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). These are two very new goals for me, which is huge, because I tend to be great out of the starting gate and am apt to fizzle when the finish line is in sight.

Family Goals

Not all goals and dreams have to do with yourself, either. You can have goals pertaining to your family; in fact, if your family is anything remotely like mine, you have goals that change with the tide. Recently, for me and my family, my goal has been to implement and successfully enforce a chore chart for my rugrats. Yes, I'm a little embarrassed to admit that my six-year-old twins have not had an official routine of chores to date. I should say my gals are willing helpers ("Can I vacuum, Mommy?" or "Momma, I want to mop!"), and are usually pretty good at doing what's asked of them. But the chart gives them a visual reminder to help get them in the groove of being a productive member of the Gregory household.

So I guess I'm writing this to reiterate good ol' C.S. You truly are never too old to set a goal, to pursue a new dream, to do something different. If I've learned anything about life in my thirty-some years, it's been that life is, simply put, a series of phases. What worked and went on in one phase of your life might not necessarily do for today's phase or tomorrow's. I do believe it's never too late to pursue a new dream or set a new goal. Whether it's for yourself or your family, whether you're in your twenties or sixties, goals and dreams and the pursuing of such things rounds out our lives.

What about you, MomVesting reader? I know it's not the end of the old year or the start of the new one, but as you reflect on your life this fall season, what kinds of new goals or dreams are you working on, for yourself and/or your family?

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AverageJoe wrote:

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 00:40 Comment #: 1

Your piece comes at a good time for me. I started writing and blogging at 44 and often think I was too old to take up a new career and writing.....that I should have kept doing what I was already doing. But when I read this piece, I realize (again) that I totally made the right move.

Thanks for the pep talk!

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Marie at Family Money Values wrote:

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 19:18 Comment #: 2

I'm 63 and am planning to write a genealogy book for my grand kids.

I also have just started another new website - so now I have 4.

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Friday Round-Up | MomVesting wrote:

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 11:15 Comment #: 3

[...] experience reminded me that life is full of abundant learning experiences. It's never too late to take up a new hobby or job, never too late to explore life to its fullest. So I now vow to join [...]

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Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals wrote:

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 23:11 Comment #: 4

My aunt didn't complete her college degree until her late 40s!!! She refused to give up on her dream of graduating, even when others doubted whether it would ever pay off for her - it has, in spades!

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