Earlier this week, a video of Dr. Charles Eugster caught me in. Eugster, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 97, took up body building in his late 80s and sprinting at the age of 95. He won several world championships in the 95 and over category for various sprint events.
This video really stuck out to me because it is a beautiful example of how it is NEVER TOO LATE and you're NEVER TOO OLD to try something new.
In fact, Eugster explained this example in a perfect way by saying, "You're never too old to start a new life."
I've had so many conversations with people who feel that because they've reached a certain age, they are "done" doing certain things or they are never going to improve on where they are.
People afraid to try something new. Or truly go for it.
They feel that because x happened to them, they will never get to y or z. That they are forever stuck in whatever story that x left them in.
And it makes me so sad to think that they have so much life ahead of them...so much untapped amazingness that truly exists within reach of their fingertips.
The thing is, it doesn't have to be that way. It truly is ALL a choice!
I can tell you from first-hand experience.
I'm 36 years old and I only started mountain bike racing only 4 years ago. Before then, I thought that running was my thing. It had always been a huge part of my life. However, my body was starting to reject running and I was in a lot of pain most of the time from it.
There were a LOT of times that I thought that my athletic days were over. That I was stuck just dealing with the pain and giving it up. That's what the doctors told me too.
And then I was invited to try a mountain bike race in the small Colorado town I had just moved to by a guy I literally had just met 10 minutes earlier.
Something inside me said "hey, give this a try". I didn't know him and doing a mountain bike race when I barely had done any real mountain biking until then seemed SCARY AS HELL.
Something inside me told me that I should.
And so I did.
I entered the beginners race and I finished. I didn't come in last but I definitely didn't come in first.
But something changed for me that day. Something just seemed so right. I was instantly hooked.
So I continued to race in the series for the rest of the summer. Just showing up and giving it a try. And by the end of that first season, I had won over half of the beginner-level races and ended up taking the overall win in the entire series.
Fast forward to today, (again, just 4 years later) and I currently race at the elite level. And I've toyed with the idea of trying to go to the next level and become a sponsored professional-level athlete.
Pretty cool stuff, right? But there's so much more than that...
Beyond that, saying yes to that very first race literally changed the trajectory of my life.
It became my passion that day. I look at my life now and it is where it is mostly due to my passion for cycling.
When I moved away from Colorado back to the Chicago area where I now live, the first thing I did was look into finding a group that I could connect with over cycling. These are now the people I talk to nearly every day and see often.
I plan all my trips around ensuring that I can either take a bike or rent a bike and get my rides in.
And I wholeheartedly believe that my business exists because I said yes to that race that day.
The reason being is that a few years ago, when I had literally lost nearly everything at the hands of an abusive relationship, one of my good friends in the cycling community took me in and let me live with him and his family until I could get back on my feet.
He owns his own business and offered to have me do some work for him (I think as a way to get my mind off what I was going through) to help with his online presence.
He gave me a first-hand look at his behind-the-scenes and it opened up my eyes to the possibilities.
And even though it was again, SCARY AS HELL, I felt the fear and totally jumped all in, got myself a mentor, and started my business.
I never looked back.
And the rest is history.
I tell you, if I hadn't given that first mountain bike race a chance four years ago - even though it was super scary, I have no idea what path I'd be on right now.
But I am pretty sure I wouldn't be where I am today.
I don't know that I'd have started my business.
I for sure wouldn't be sharing this story with you.
So, if there's something you've been wanting to try, go for it. It might be a hidden passion that had been waiting for you all this time. And it literally could change the trajectory of your entire life like mountain biking and cycling has for me.
We only have one wild and precious life; dare to live your dreams!
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