Age Is Just A Number
I’ve been thinking a lot about this phrase recently–I watched a conversation with Dana Torres about her new book “Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life.”
The woman is amazing–she said “I’ve been old before. I was old when I was 27 and I got divorced. I was old when I was 35 and I couldn’t get pregnant. I was really old when I was 39 and my father died. But when I was 41 and I woke up in a dorm in the Olympic Village in Beijing, I didn’t feel old. I felt merely–and, yes, happily–middle-aged. “The water doesn’t know how old you are,” I’d been telling anyone who would listen for the prior two years. Though sometimes, I have to admit, I would think to myself, Good thing it can’t see my wrinkles.”
Dara set 3 world records, competed in 5 Olympic games and came home with 12 medals. Dara was 41 years old when she competed in her final Olympics. Forty. One. When she tells you “age is just a number,” she knows.
I think it’s easy to get discouraged at what we’ve accomplished in our lives, or maybe intimidated at trying to do more, be more “at my age.” I know that most of my personal goals when out the window when we had the twins–and that is as it should be: our children are our number one priority. But I’ve been feeling this nagging edge more and more now when I look at my 3 year old Zoe. I don’t want her to ever doubt that a woman can do anything, achieve anything she wants. The old barriers of age, socioeconomic status and education are falling by the wayside. For me: no more excuses.
My two goals?
1. Continue to write for national magazines and build my byline again.
2. Get back into my old marathon shape and start running competitively again.
What about you?
Please take a minute and write down a personal goal or two for yourself, and share them in the comments section below. Let us support you in your steps to prove “age is just a number” for you. We’ll give away a $100.00 gift card to Amazon.com at random for one of the comments. We’ll award the card on Monday, December 1, 2014. You can use it for books to learn, equipment to grow, clothes to celebrate your weight loss–anything to reward you for your goals and dreams.
C’mon. Spill. Let’s support each other!