I guess you could say I never meet a stranger, or maybe I am just nosy. Sitting at the Barnes and Nobles, my family on the way to visit my in-laws, when we met. He was sitting at the next table reading the latest neurological text book, when we both stretched and popped before our extremities went numb.
Quickly a conversation ensued about life and our inabilities to stay current in our professions. Being unemployed, staying current can be difficult. He on the other hand, at the wizened age of 50, seemed to have a pretty good grasp on all things having to do with the grey matter between the ears. As fascinating as his discourse was, I was captured by a story he shared of another random encounter...
He had been at Walmart with his wife, when his head became swimmy from a recent ear infection. Seeking solace, he found a place on a bench in the Pharmacy. Next to him sat a little old lady, reminding him of a grandmother. As they began to converse, she talked of students. He discovered she was a teacher, and due to the wisdom shown by the reflective greying of her hair, assumed she had been teaching a long time.
"No I have only been teaching five years." she said.
Curious, he inquired and found that she had raised 8 kids of her own, then at 75 gone back to college to receive her degree. Since that time, she had been teaching and hoped to continue for some time. She said the kids respected her because she looked like their grandmother and she had a hand in raising most of them so they could not pull one over on her.
The Neurologist shared his life lesson from the story, "It shows me that it is never too late."
Many of us resign ourselves to the patterns that life has created for us. We feel stuck in the choices we made in centuries past. While we can learn from our past, our future is yet written and it in never too late to...experience something new...resolve a broken relationship...accomplish the dreams we have been given. All it requires is the will to do it, and a little faith.
What have you always wanted to do, but felt like you couldn't?