When Are We Too Old

When Are We Too Old

When Are We Too Old

  • by Karl MacPhee
  • March 12, 2019

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never loosing your enthusiasm."
Aldous Huxley

In a discussion about a charity event which involves physical activity, I recently overheard a comment from a woman that made me think about how we sabotage ourselves in life. "I'm too old for that" is what she said, and I immediately felt sad because the truth is we all do this in one form or another. In this specific case, the woman is certainly not too old for the event because I know of much older individuals who have participated in the past. Perhaps her attitude is too old, but that's another story. This post is not about her, it's about all of us and how we can get in our own way in all areas in life.

As I thought about this more, as much as I wanted to join the discussion, I realized it wasn't my place so I reflected on her comment and considered where I do the same thing in my life. Where do I sell myself short? In what ways do I let opportunities go because I create a story before I even give it a try? These questions conjured up many situations in my life when I didn't speak up when I wanted to, or when I cancelled last minute with a lame excuse. 

I also thought about all the times I had said I was going to do something and didn't follow through. This was difficult to accept, but the truth is we all have these moments and I had my fair share...and I will likely have more as time goes on. 

Once I got passed the feeling of regret because of all the times I missed out on amazing opportunities in life, I decided to flip the conversation. How many times in my life have I taken on a challenge, especially when I wasn't sure I would be successful? How many times have I witnessed people doing something great, regardless of their age? The list is very long, and to be honest, this process made me feel great! 

For example, just the other day I watched a video of a woman in the United States who is 93. She holds many records for running races for her age category, and yet she still works on getting better each and every day! I reflected on my journey as a soldier, and the difficulties I've had living with epilepsy over the years. From there I was reminded that I've competed in challenging endurance events for many years, and that I've managed to raise two wonderful children (with the help of my wife and our families of course).

My point is, we are capable of so much in life, and it all starts with our outlook. If we believe that we are too old, not good enough or whatever other "too something" we attach to life, that will be our reality. 

However, on the flipside, when we believe that we CAN to things, even if it's at a snail's pace, we will do that plus so much more over time. Having a belief that I can walk around the block once a day will likely turn into walking around the block twice and eventually it may turn into running a local 5km charity run.

Imagine what your life would be like if you believed you are capable and followed up on it, compared to the one where you create a story that you can't and follow up on it. Which would lead to a more fullfilled life?  

I don't know what life is like for the woman who suggested she is too old for the charity event. I wonder what her life would be like if she flipped her outlook from "too old" to one where she embraces her age, and enjoys movement because it helps to keep her youthful. 

Going forward, I want to ask you two questions...

In what areas of your life are you holding yourself back? 

What can you do today to change that, and how will it impact your life? 

Please feel free to share your action plans in the comment section below. Your commitment may inspire others to create change in their lives as well!

Live your Adventure, 



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Karl MacPhee

Karl MacPhee provides the highest quality nutrition, fitness and lifestyle coaching that inspires and guides you to live your best life, full of wonder, growth and adventure. Karl is based in Edmonton, AB, however, his online coaching clients come from all corners of the globe.

With a background in personal fitness, habit-based nutrition and co-active life coaching, he takes a holistic approach to your health and wellness. As your guide, he will co-actively support you, teach you and encourage you on each step of your journey.

Karl knows it’s about more than the adventure and there are many lessons along the journey.


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