When you live in Southern Ontario like me, back-to-school takes place the day after Labour Day. And though it’s been a long time since I actually went back to school, every year I get a little bit excited as the big day approaches. It’s almost a second New Year: a chance to start again. (Of course, you likely know that I think every day, every hour and every minute we have a chance to start again, but hopefully you understand what I mean!)
How will you ride the renewal wave of energy this September? Will you sign up for a dance class? Start writing your novel? Join a gym? Whatever you decide, take advantage of this perfect opportunity.
For my part, along with continuing to serve clients and do my other stuff, this back-to-school season has me actually going back to school. Starting this week, I am an official Master of Arts candidate in Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. On one hand, I’m excited beyond belief. (Are you kidding me? I’m such a nerd.) On the other hand, I’m probably 25 years older than most of my fellow students, and it’s been a long time since I went to university. It’s kinda scary.
So I was really grateful when I got a few minutes alone with my Dad to talk about my new adventure a few weeks ago. Now, you have to understand that my 74 year old father had what most would call a pretty traditional life: he built a business, raised a family and retired about 10 years ago. I wasn’t sure he was fully on board with my plans, or whether he truly understands them as he never set foot in a university. (What is a Masters degree, anyway?) But I will be forever grateful for what he said to me that day, and will always remember the message behind it. My dad looked at his nearly-50-year-old-daughter and said: “Go for it. You’re still young.”
Boom, there it is.
If you think you’re too old to try something new, remember there’s always someone older out there, thinking you’re still a baby.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time,
I wish you vibrant health and a beautiful day!
PS Dad, I love you!