Your best is yet to come.
How you viscerally respond when you read that statement depends on the stories you’ve been telling yourself lately.
Have you been telling yourself that you’re too old? That your window of opportunity is rapidly closing? That you’ve already peaked? That it’s too late? That the odds are against you? That you are trapped within your own life? That you can’t learn any new tricks?
How you viscerally respond to that statement also depends on how you are currently defining that word – “best.”
What is the vision you have for what is possible for yourself? Did that vision come from inside you, or has it been shaped by someone else’s orthodoxy, standards, traditions, or desires which you have accepted as your own?
If you are willing to change your stories and definitions, you can literally change your life.
And that is true no matter how old you are.
But don’t take my word for it, meet a few of my idols – all of whom led early lives that provided little indication that they would make such significant shifts:
British author Penelope Fitzgerald published her first book at age 59.
At age 63 she won the prestigious Booker Prize for her third book, Offshore (which I loved – I just finished it for my book club this month). “In 20 years she published nine novels, three biographies and many essays and reviews. She changed publishers four times when she began publishing and she never had an agent. By the end of her life she had been shortlisted for