I can’t recall the number of times someone would tell me, “I’m too old for this.”

I’m too old to run.
I’m too old to travel.
I’m too old to learn a new language.
I’m too old to start a new business.

People seem to think that once they pass a certain age, their minds slow down and their bodies become weak (which is true to some extent). But I don’t believe that age should justify why they shouldn’t try.

Look at KFC founder, Colonel Sanders. He was rejected over 1,000 times before someone accepted to sell his chicken recipe, which has now spread to over 18,000 franchises in the world. He was 65.

Lance Armstrong still won races on his bike, even though his body had been fighting cancer for 15 years. He was 38 at the time.

Martha Stewart was a complete nobody until she published dozens of cooking books and got on TV with her show, “Martha Stewart Living”. She was 52.

People are equipped to do amazing things.

Why do you need to tell yourself what you can and can’t do, by a number?

You’ll only be lowering yourself to everyone else who believe they can. To those who try.

I wished my aunt would understand this. Her capabilities.

Every time she asked me how I got so slim, I’d tell her I ran. For 30 minutes. And that she should increase her heart rate if she wanted to cut extra fat. Not just eat less.

Even though she wants to be slimmer at her age (~52 years old), she passed on my suggestion, and instead claimed that she was too old to start running again. That running would overwork her lungs and cause more future problems for her health.

This made me realize that how you see age determines how you’ll turn out in the future.

If you see age as an obstacle for what you can’t do, you won’t get anywhere. You’ll just be stuck doing the same s***, everyday.

But if you see age as just a number and you focus more on learning, exploring, and creating, you achieve so much more. You go beyond your own expectations.

“Some people are old at 18, and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created.”

~Yoko Ono

Don’t use age as an excuse for what you can’t do. You’re actually more capable than who you think you are.

  1. Arthur
    Oct 05, 2017

    This is the very point of view hold by people who can stay young. I like this article very much.

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  2. Bruce
    Oct 22, 2017

    You know a lot more than I did when I was your age. So now I’m using the time to make up for that, and having a blast.

    What impresses me so much about your writing is you seem to find interesting things to say without the snarky edge that so many rely on to get readers. So I find myself looking forward to hearing what you say without feeling the need to be alert for what you’ve gotten wrong. I’m looking forward to more.

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    • Tiffany Sun
      Apr 05, 2018

      Haha, I’m just really having fun with these topics. Everyday I find something interesting that I want to talk about, and it’s awesome to know that you enjoy them. 🙂

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