My Thoughts on Turning 60

Where did the time go?

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Today I turn 60.

I remember when I turned 40. It was such a surreal experience.

Because at 39, life was normal.  At 40, all of the sudden I’m considered protected class.

No one could discriminate against me because of my age.

Yet, I didn’t feel a day over 39.

And then I turned 50.

I remember there was a little hesitation in regard to age discrimination. I probably looked a little older in the mirror, although I didn’t feel old.

I wondered if others began seeing me as old.  Especially those on my team – all of who were in their 20’s and 30s.

And then right around 55, I made a conscious decision to walk away from my job and take my part-time coaching practice full time.  (Several years later, I learned through the Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder Assessment my core strength was Risk.)

But now, what about 60?

This is my perspective.

I don’t feel old.  When I look in the mirror, I don’t see my age.

The only difference between when I was 40 and now that I am 60, is simply that time seems to move a lot faster.

I know time moves at the same speed.  

But when you’re 60, it just seems like time moves a lot faster.

So I leave you with this to contemplate.

If there is something you want to do, and you’re in your 40s, or if there’s something that you want to do, and you’re in your 50s, ask yourself this one question,

“How will I feel when I’m 60, if I don’t take action today?”

Whatever that action is.

Maybe it’s starting your own business.

Maybe it’s making a career move.

Maybe it’s doing something in your personal life, like buying a fishing boat.

If you don’t take the action today, how are you going to feel when you’re 60?

I look at myself, and I have no regrets taking the risk of leaving Corporate America and going it alone.

For me, it was one of the best moves I’ve made.

But this is me. What about you?

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