The Next 20 Years | Thoughts of the Week, August 31, 2018

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post, but…Here it is.   

I’m in school.  Not a huge revelation, anyway.  I was hesitant to say anything because, well, I like to keep that kind of stuff to myself sometimes.  Once it’s on the internet, and all.  Anyway, I wasn’t sure if I was going to write this post, but…I have a reason.   

The other day I was engaged in my daily routine of reading interesting articles on the internet, and came across this one on Mashable.  It’s about actress Kathryn Joosten.  I highly recommend reading the article, but the TL;DR version is, Joosten became an actress at age 40, and didn’t get her big “break” until aged 60.   

Think about that for a moment.   

We always think time is running out, don’t we?  I’m guilty of the same thoughts. I wanted to do this or that when I was younger, but I never took the time.  Or I didn’t have an opportunity.  I missed my chance.  


What does this have to do with me going to school?  Well, a little that it’s never too late.  I wanted to go back to school, so I did.  I found a program that works with my time and my budget, and I’m studying what I want to study.  And I’m having a blast, though, I’m also getting my back end kicked a little.  School is a challenge.  Sorry for being inconsistent with the posts.  Now you know why.   

Anyway, the real connection to my school is this.  Late last year, my school awarded an 84 year old woman her Doctorate in Psychology degree.  The pictures are adorable.  She’s the tiniest thing, but so proud to be accepting her degree.  84 years old.  

BTW, the doctoral program at my school is three years long.  So, at 81 years old, this woman decided…Why not?   

Just like Kathyrn Joosten.  At age 40, she decided that she had a dream, and she found a way to make it work.  20 years later and she had her overnight success.  Because that’s how it happens.  Overnight takes 20 years.  If you’d like to earn your doctorate in psychology, then it takes 3 years.  Plus 2 years of accumulating hours to get licensed.  Plus years of continuing education…You get the idea.   

My point is two-fold: First, it’s never too late.  If you’ve already decided it is, then it is, but, really, it isn’t.  Seriously, stop being the only reason you can’t chase your dreams.  Chasing dreams for anyone isn’t easy.  It may look easy, but, really, it isn’t.  And that leads me to my second point: Success takes time.   

Decide now what you want, and spend the next 20 years getting it.   

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