I should explain what I mean by growing old. It’s the feeling as if this is it, this is all there is, there’s no more you can achieve. Basically, the feeling that you’ve maximized your potential, or for the moment, accepted not reaching it.
Have you ever heard anyone make the following statement? “If I only knew then what I know now.”
Well guess what, if you know it now, you can do something with that knowledge right now! Wisdom is a wonderful thing but wisdom is not just amassing information, wisdom is the application of that knowledge.
“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” ~Sandra Carey
Here’s an example. We all know that speeding is against the law don’t we? That is knowledge. But even knowing this, many people still speed, which isn’t very wise is it? To go a step further, many of the culprits then act as if they’re the victim when they get a speeding ticket. Uh hello, you were speeding, so instead of hoping that you don’t get caught, maybe you shouldn’t speed, now that be wise.
As children we like to test boundaries. You’ll see a child try to take something that isn’t theirs, and then, often times, it will be given to them (usually after a tantrum) just to appease them. But that very same child will grow into an adult, so does that mean it’s okay to eat a co-workers lunch or take the neighbors car? No, because as adults we should know better.
This is why we tend to forgive a child more easily because they don’t know better, yet.
So even if everything you were taught as a child was entirely wrong, as an adult it’s your responsibility to get it right. You can’t blame a parent or teacher for something they taught you several years ago if you’re now aware that it was wrong.
You have the responsibility to change it.
Fountain of Youth
Maybe you can be young again. You can use what you know now and you can learn new lessons, try new things and take calculated risks! Remember something crazy you did as a child? Maybe jumped off of a roof, or took some leap of faith propelled by the excitement of your youth?
What are you waiting for?
Use the knowledge you have gained to prevent harming yourself, or others, and realize that you are wise enough to get it right. I’m not talking about jumping off of a roof, instead, you have the ability to jump start a new life!
“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.“ ~Andre Malraux
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer