What is old for you? I remember when I was a child and I used to think about my parents being thirty odd years old, I used to think they were so ancient…LOL. It was something that was so far off that I could never even imagine me getting there.
I did want to be older, but like thirteen older. Then I wanted to be sixteen, then eighteen, then the big TWENTY ONE! I wanted to be free and I wanted to be a woman, going off to work, having my own car and being all fancy and mature.
Then when I got into my twenties I started to fear my thirties. Everything became a bit of a rush for me. I was always an A type overachiever personality, where I wanted to be the best at academics, I wanted to be the fastest runner, I wanted to be the best at cheer, but now I was being driven by something else…Aging!
It was just an illusion of course. I was being driven by my own limited beliefs that society had helped forge in my mind, that we only have a certain amount of “prime” years before everything starts going downhill.
Fortunately, I actually broke that limited way of thinking as I lived out my thirties. In fact my early thirties were the worst for me at that point in my life, as I was in a career as a lawyer, that I couldn’t stand and had pursued because that is what others wanted for me. I eventually got so sick and walked away from that career.
I followed my true passion and became a Yoga and Pilates instructor. So although those early thirties were not fun, they were essential for my own personal growth.
In fact I was just over forty years old when I made my next major career shift and moved away from my Yoga and Pilates business and began my current career. Now the amazing thing about this change is that I have people on my team that are as old as seventy-five. Yes SEVENTY-FIVE.
So these older folks have completely obliterated my old limited beliefs. These are people that are just starting out too, it’s not as if they have been doing this for decades either. And this is not just one or two people, there are many. In their fifties, sixties and seventies.
It is amazing and I am grateful for them.
Just this past year I was at a Yoga workshop in San Diego and there were two ladies in their seventies and one in her eighties and they were there doing headstands and handstands. So inspirational.
I want to share with you some tips that you can apply to your life, if you are worried or concerned about your age:
Forget the number…Why live by numbers? Why think that each year when we add a number to our age, it is not a good thing? We should treat our birthdays like New Years day each year. Excited, grateful, anticipating awesome things and positive experiences.
You’re never to old to learn…It used to be thought that as we got older our brain actually deteriorated, but science has now shown that we can actually continue to develop our brain as we age. That means we can continue to learn new things.
Use it or lose it…Our body needs to be used and movement is our medicine. Once we stop being active, everything starts to tighten up and begin to creak a little. In order to stop that, we need to keep moving. Exercise, and I am not saying you need to be extreme here, is an absolute necessity for your body to work at it’s optimum.
The same thing applies to your mind. Keep using it, keep it active and stay sharp!
Nourish your body…You ever seen those classic cars that are in absolute immaculate condition and just run so beautifully as if they had just been built? Well how do you think they can maintain that? Not through neglect right? Those car owners, love and nourish them and that is what we need to do with what we put into our bodies. Skip the processed junk and nourish your body with healthy veggies, fruits, nuts and whole food that serve our body and brain well.
Relationships and Support systems…Let’s face it, this whole life thing is not easy it it? We all go through struggles with our personal life such as career struggles, financial issues, health challenges, relationship problems, anxiety, depression and countless other challenges. We didn’t choose that to happen, but it does. And the best way through that, is through having, loving and fulfilling relationships and support systems. So keep working on those and building them.
Follow your passion…Don’t die with your dance still in you. Don’t let other people or your own mind talk you out of your dreams and goals. Do it! Go for it and set yourself free. Let your hair down and boogie a little bit. Embrace life and everything that it can be. Who cares if you’re new to it and don’t know what you’re doing. Just do it!
Live a Whole life…This is what served me so well when I was stressed, sick and on anti anxiety medication when I was a young lawyer. I realized I wasn’t living a Whole life. I so focused on one area, work, and neglected the other areas. We have to work on all aspects of our life in order to live to our optimum. Our body, mind, emotions, spiritual, relationships, work, finances…everything.
Just say yes…It is as simple as that.
Hayley Hobson is an author, speaker, Kick-A$$ Business Guru, 7 Figure MOM-treprenuer. and passionate about empowering others to live the life of their dreams and is based in Boulder, CO. Hayley creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to become the best WHOLE version of themselves possible. To learn more about her nutritional courses, events, and custom programs, visit hayleyhobson.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.