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February 05, 2010


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This is exactly what I needed to read this morning.


WooHoo! This really started my day off the right way!


I'm 58 years old and was laid off last year. I have started into a new field and it is taking every bit of preserverence I possess. My new motto is "Fall down FOUR times, get up FIVE". Some days it is easier to follow than others. Thank you for this timely reminder!

Great post. I had a major breakthrough this past week at a business conference I attended and I know that it is something will help me advance big time. Time to take action is my new mantra along with I am in charge of my life. I have a lot of dreams to achieve!

The book by Matthew Kelly sounds great, I'll have to put it on my list.

This describes my general attitude in life - if you want something, go get regrets - but I must be one of the only people I know who doesn't seem to have any big specific dream...

When I was about 10 years old, I wanted a husband that treated me equally and loved me and made me laugh, my own house, and tons of friends.

My hubby really is that man of my dreams (well...I was into Hispanics, and he's Caucasian like me, but love is blind...LOL...he was into petite burnettes and ended up with an short red-head...heeheehee), I have my house, and I have close friends.

That was as far as I dreamed back then and I never really added to that over the last 17 years. My husband and I enjoy vacation travel and having fun together and with friends, so we do that whenever we can. We want to retire early just so we can do that more.

I am happy and content but sometimes feel like I should have some big dream like everybody else...I think that is what drives me to volunteer so often. Even if I don't want much else, at least I can help others with what they want...

What kind of dreams do all of you have? Do any of you feel like you're already there?

Don't forget about "Colonel" Harland Sanders who started the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise at 65.

FMF, thanks for allowing me the privilege of guest blogging here at FreeMoneyFinance! And thanks to everyone who has commented so far.

@mikegardner64 - thanks for the reminder re: Colonel Sanders.

@Crystal - sounds like your big dream may be more lifestyle-related. Mine too! Seems to me that a majority of people organize their lives around their work. My dream has been to turn that on its head and instead organize my work around the lifestyle that I want (specifically, to have the freedom - time and money - to travel more with my family and be more personally involved in causes we care about). I've been blessed to have taken some great steps toward that (some mini-dreams have been fulfilled along the way), but I still have a ways to go.

@Rich - I like the way you put that, "life-style related". Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Thanks!

Well I sorta had a dream... I don't think I'm going to go after it at this point in my life though... Anybody know of any fresh new 53 yo rock stars...haha. I suppose I can be happy just jamming with my friends now days. And no matter what, I'll always have my love for nice guitars.

I'd buy a CD, billyjobob. :-)

Don't forget Grandma Moses who started painting in her 70s!

Excellent post

Thanks Crystal! ;-)

It's nice and uplifting post; however, it seems to imply all dreams are achievable.

This is not the case:
A 50 year old cannot become a professional dancer/musician/actor/opera singer. She can still take classes and learn to do it for personal enjoyment.

Even a very talented 15 year old who just starts piano lessons at this age has no prayer of ever becoming a concert pianist. It's too late. Ditto about a 15- year old who is starting ballet lessons. Or a gymnast, or a figure skater, or...

A tone deaf cannot become a musician. In fact, even talented people aren't guaranteed a career in music. Even very very talented. Of course, everyone can learn to play an instrument of sing for personal enjoyment.

There was only one Mozart in all of our history. Very rare kids like violinist Sarah Chang are also born once in a very very long while. But very often a gifted child is pushed into doing things they aren't ready for and lose their talent. This is especially true with child singers when singing the repertory they aren't ready for may forever ruin their voices.

Yes, it's fine to follow one's dream. But one has to be realistic both about one's chances, abilities and expectations. At some point, one needs to say: OK, I'll give it a try until this age, if I don't make it, I'll need to do something else. Maybe related, maybe not. Or "I love it, but I am simply not good enough to make it a profession. I can still do something related or I might keep it as a hobby but do something else.

BTW: when I was young I had dreams of being a great opera singer. I had piano lessons as a child. I had voice lessons as an adult. But the truth of the matter is, my nice but tiny soprano will not be heard in opera; it's also nothing special. So I am doing what I am good at instead - computer science.

Great post! I have already added the book to my cart. Age is a recurring excuse I hear about why something has not been accomplished, and from now on I will point them in the direction of this book!

Great post, and one more people need to read.

After all, you don't reach your expiration date until you've...well, expired!

Sure, some dreams may stay out of reach, but you can be pleasantly surprised by what you CAN achieve.

Try not to get in your own way.


This is excellent advice that more people - myself included - need to follow. Why would anyone want to live their life thinking about "what might have been" (or worse "what never could be") rather than "what can be"?

We all have a choice to be positive or negative in our thoughts and actions. Choose to be positive. You'll be a lot happier, healthier, and more fun to be around.

Wonderful post--It really helps to get a great perspective on life and your goals--and that it really is never to late to chase your dreams!
Thanks for the inspiration!

I LOVE stories like those in the bullet list. They are so encouraging and help to remind me that time and circumstances don't matter as much as attitude and determination. Thanks for a great post!

Very motivational and definitely timely! Thanks ;-)

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