If not now … when?

George Eliot once said “it’s never too late to be who you might have been”.

How often do you see a statement like that and cynically think to yourself, “words like that just make me angry – I don’t even have enough energy to reach for the remote.”?

But how did so many of us become so enervated when we did not start out that way? We were the founders of the computer age and we all started out with grand plans: we were going to take vacations on the moon, retire at 40, have robots that served us and live in mansions with center hall floor plans.

Now we look into the mirror each morning and wonder where the time has gone. But it does not have to be this way. Even though it is difficult, we can still summon the courage to build a new vision of ourselves and go after it. The trick is simply to believe that we can do it, and then put one foot in front of the next regardless of what anyone around us says or thinks.

This is not a new idea. Consider the example of George Eliot herself. George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evan, a female writer of the Victorian era who finally was published when she submitted her work in the disguise of a man. She would know a thing or two about overcoming obstacles and facing adversity.

Or consider the tenacity of Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese man who just became the oldest person ever to climb Mt. Everest on May 23, 2013. Having previously climbed Everest at the ages of  70 and 75, he prepared for his most recent assent by walking three times a week with loads of 25 to 30 kilograms on his back. When asked by reporters why he had under taken this third trip, Muria replied “”I have a dream to climb Everest at this age … If you have a dream, never give up. Dreams come true.”

And the fact is – dreams do come true at any age – you just have to believe you have what it takes to see them through.

To read more about Yuichiro Miura click here: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/23/world/asia/nepal-everest-record

For further information about George Eliot click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot

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