I have a plethora of friends on my social media accounts. If you know me from one of them or from reading some of my posts here, you know that they give me inspiration for many of the things I write about and they never cease to amaze me. Yesterday was one of those days. I thought this particular post was even more interesting because it has to do with our age group. The status update stated something the fact that, if you do not know yourself by the age of 35, you should stop trying because it is never going to happen. It came from a person who says that they tell the truth about things and speaks about topics that I am sure they know they are going to get some feedback on, be it positive or negative.
Well, here is what I believe…
I believe that your life can begin at any time. There are many of us that do not know exactly who we are until much later in life. Making a general statement that if you do not know yourself by 35, you will never know is just not true in my eyes. Situations and circumstances happen in our lives. Sometimes those situations make us have to put ourselves and our dreams on hold to handle and overcome them. Maybe due to those circumstances, we were never able to look inside ourselves to who we truly are. There is no age limit to these revelations. Finding yourself is a process and one that I think is continual. This quote sums up how I feel about this. Finding out who you are might be a slow process but do not stop trying to figure it out. There is ALWAYS room for growth and self awareness. Understanding who you are as a person opens up a whole world of opportunity for everyone. It is a feeling of freedom and comfort in knowing who you truly are.
Also, I just do not feel that discouraging people from continuing the process of self revelation is a healthy one, especially for those of us who are a little older. We should be lifting each other up, not bringing each other down. You never know where someone is in their life. You never know when hearing or reading words like those I read that told us to give it up, will cause a person to break. I am aware of the old saying that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words (names) will never hurt me. But how realistic is that? The bottom line is, we are all affected by the things people say. Some us are affected more than others but there is some type of reaction there. I do not, by any means, call myself the truth teller but my truth is this…keep exploring, keep progressing, keep loving and keep your head up.