I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate. ~ Julia Child
Did you know that it took Julia Child and her co-authors ten years to write their bestselling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking?* Or, that she was 51 when the first episode of her ground breaking cooking show, The French Chef* aired? In this modern world of Silicon Valley youth-focused success (John Doe, only 2 years old, just sold his potty training app for $5 gazillion dollars!) it is easy to forget that we shouldn’t let age stop us from achieving our dreams. For the most part, it is never too late.
As one year winds down and another begins, we start making resolutions that this year, for sure, will be the year that we make our dreams come true. But then we let our fears begin to set in…especially if we’re of a “certain age.” We begin use our age as an excuse for not being able to go after our dreams. For example, I often hear, “But I’ll be X-years old by the time I finish grad school!” Yes, that may be true. But you’ll (hopefully) be X-years old if you don’t go to grad school, too!
One way we can assuage the “too old for my dream” fear is to let go of how the dream will be achieved. There may be alternative routes to the dream that we didn’t see because we were focusing on one particular method. We need to be open to follow unexpected paths when they present themselves to us.
I want to be clear that following unexpected paths is not the same as “settling for less.” We are not about mediocrity here in our modern retro Glam Pack community. No, instead we are willing to be like Julia Child and see where the adventure takes us. Who knows? In the process of following the unexpected path toward achieving our dreams, we may find something even better than we ever imagined!
What are some of your dreams?
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1963 Clairol advertisement used in collage is courtesy of Classic Film on Flickr.
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