Late bloomers still bloom.
The thought came to me as I was running 18 miles on my fifty-fifth birthday.
The run came a few days after myself and a group of fifty somethings sat and discussed our lives, our dreams, disappointments and what we each still wanted to be when we grow up.
Forbes Magazine, one of the world’s foremost periodicals on business and wealth includes this ancient quote in each edition and has for years.
It is an encouragement to establish a yearning for learning.
It’s time to reboot.
When you can’t even see down the road?
When you can’t see beyond today?
But deep inside you have a gut feeling that tomorrow must gonna be awesome because whatever is out there has gotta be so big, because of all that you have gone through to get to today.
We as a nation are living out the Biblical story when Samuel the prophet said, “You boy’s and girl’s really don’t want a king, you just think you do.” And the people said, “No dude, we really do. We want a king to rule over us like the other nations.” And Samuel said, “No, you really don’t. Because if you do that, you are going to get taxed very heavily, and your land will be taken from you, and your children will be taken from you and sent off to war, and you will live as slaves to the king.” And the people said, “We don’t care. Give us a king.” And then God said, “Okey dokey, I will give you what you want.” The king ended up being a tall, handsome, suave, cowardly man who hid in fear, panicked at the first sign of trouble, looked to mediums for answers, could not lead in the time of war and eventually killed himself when confronted by the enemy leaving his military to suffer defeat.
The outcome one thinks they want most is often the outcome that ultimately enslaves them.