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What Exactly Is “Too Old”?

What Exactly Is Too OldI am always searching for women who are shining examples of how to age with a certain flair for life. They are still curious, they still test themselves to see what they are capable of, they explore all the possibilities. In other words they are not “too old”.

They are the ones who accept aging with grace and wisdom. They are the ones who achieve success in their later years that far surpass what was accomplished in earlier years.

For those of us in midlife they are living proof that age has nothing to do with anything other than mindset. Age is a number; nothing more, nothing less.

What is far more important is our mindset.

How do we approach being in midlife?

1. Are we excited about the possibilities or hung up on what we can no longer do as easily?

2. Is fear the one emotion we allow to stop us from moving forward?

3. Are we still hung up on what others may think?

4. Or are we scared we will actually accomplish that one thing and absolutely amaze ourselves?

Diana Nyad, Betty White, Dr. Ruth, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Grandma Moses, all women who accomplished things beyond their imagination later on in life. And in the case of Diana Nyad, Betty White and Dr. Ruth they keep on going – each of them showing a certain vitality for life that is contagious.

They have what I want in my older years; a love of life, a fearless attitude that nothing will stop them, a passion for what they do and a love and embrace of the possibilities.

I would love to have lunch with each of these women to listen to their stories, their lessons of life learned, what motivates them to keep on going.

If we listen to the media and if we listen to society – what they all seem to say? Then we are too old.

But no, we are not too old.

My question is – why do we have to listen to those who say such things? Isn’t listening to our own hearts and souls what matters?

We are not too old. We’ll never be too old.

Miriam Iwrey

20+ years practicing Social Worker (MSW) Certified Elite LIfe Coach Midlife Transition Consultant Midlifer Mom Wife Step-daughter Grandmother

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Lynn Jeffers

Saturday 5th of December 2015

This is so spot on! I have friends who, because of fear of one pain or another, have started to say, "I can't do that anymore." Inside my head, I'm screaming, "Then figure out what you CAN do, and do that!" Move forward. Learn something new. "You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream!

Miriam Iwrey

Saturday 5th of December 2015

Thanks Lynn for your comments.

Cathy Lawdanski

Friday 4th of December 2015

in complete agreement. Just had a total career change from non-profit executive to blogger. Motto for this part of my life - #trysomethingnew #bebrave

Miriam Iwrey

Friday 4th of December 2015

Thanks Cathy--love your motto

Carol Graham

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

I agree 1000%. I started my biggest career at 65 and am busier than I have ever been. I have no intention of quitting.....ever. I'm just getting started.

Miriam Iwrey

Friday 4th of December 2015


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