You can start over at 40, or 50, or 60, or even 70. You’ve taught me that we can begin again at any age. We can begin better relationships, better families, better careers, better play time. It’s not always easy, but there is more possibility than we like to admit.
It takes breaking out of habits, forming new relationships, dealing with the fear of doing things you’ve never done before. Until you try, you will have that sense of regret – of the one thing you didn’t try. Starting over sometimes means ending painful relationships, setting strict boundaries or starting a climb up the ladder from the bottom rung. It’s frightening, stressful, and above all nerve-wracking.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from you is that you can begin again. You can reinvent yourself at any age. Even if you have to start over, you can create a life you’d prefer if you take a risk, step into the fear and start something new. In fact, it is in looking back to those moments when we initiated a “do-over” that we understand what we overcame to step into something new and begin again.