“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined” – Henry James
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to hang out with the adults and, yes, you guessed it “talk”. I never was much in to cartoons, or playing with toys or dolls. I was in to reading, watching Matlock, and playing Rummy (a card game my Gran taught me) in which we ‘gambled’ for Mars Bars. (I thought this was ridiculously cool at age 5.)
I remember going to Kindergarten and quickly realizing that I was the only kid (except for my best friend Steven) who was reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels, and in an effort to fit in with the rest of my classmates, I pretended that I didn’t know how to read either. (This facade only lasted until the first parent teacher interview in which I was outed and put in to the ‘gifted’ reading program from then on.)
In business I get much of the same. People questioning my age and how I could possibly have enough experience to do what I’m doing. I’m constantly getting subliminal messages from my colleagues about how I’m going to be one of the greats, just “give me 10 years”.
Recently I attended a funeral for one of my high school classmates, he was 28 years old. He was a pilot. Since I can remember he had been working hard on this life long dream. When we were kids he worked weekends and evenings in order to be able to afford his flying lessons. He was so passionate about flying and climbing the ladder to his dream of flying jumbo jets around the world that nothing got in his way. He was committed, passionate, and inspired by his dreams that everyday he got up and did whatever it took to continue in pursuit of his end goal.
I’m more than aware that I don’t know it all, which is why I am committed to life long education. I read on average a book a week, I’ve attended more conferences and workshops than I can even begin to explain (but yes they are all documented in order to be measurable), I’ve had a life coach and a business coach for the past 3 years as well as countless mentors along the way. I want to keep growing and learning everyday because I am energized and inspired by my growth and development.
I’m not too young and I’m not too old. I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I will continue to ask for what I want because I’ve heard no before and I’m not afraid to ask again. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by other people’s belief systems. Their issues are their issues, but they don’t have to be yours. We don’t know how long we’ve got, and to me that’s even more reason to live everyday as if it was your last! Be irreverent, because you deserve to live a full and rewarding life. No excuses!
Have a great week!