The age myth
It’s funny how people often make assumptions based on age. When I used to book the teen and college rock bands mentioned in my last post, I always loved it when a really young singer or musician blew everyone away. No one expected it just like no one expected that a Mom would be booking bands and hanging out in nightclubs and concert venues, much less emceeing the shows.
My decision to become a musician at age 47 raised some eyebrows as well. When I ask people to guess what instrument I play, no one guesses drums or percussion. As this funny AARP video illustrates, age is just a number.
The important thing is to not let your age prevent you from achieving your goals and dreams. If you’re not moving forward, notice how often you say the following:
1) I can’t do that. I’m ____ (Fill in your age.).
2) Well of course she’s successful. She’s much ___________( older/younger).
3) It’s too late for me to try that.
4) What would people think?!
Well, the trick is to not let what other people think bother you and do it anyway! What do you really want to do? What’s on your bucket list? What is something that you’d like to try or you’ve always enjoyed?
For me, it has always been anything that has to do with music or being on stage. It’s hard to believe that I was once painfully shy. Singing and dance lessons opened up a new world for me and then I added drumming. As I told Line Brunet, CEO of Bold Radio Station, drumming literally saved my life. You can access that interview here.
How about you?
Maybe you have something that’s a hobby or interest for you. Maybe it’s something that you’d like to turn into a business or career. Perhaps there’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit. How much longer are you going to wait?
I’ve done therapeutic drumming sessions with groups of seniors in retirement facilities, cancer patients, and cancer survivors. They all agree that you need to enjoy life while you can. It’s never too late to try something new! You’re never too old to be bold!
Have you tried something new or would you like to start? Feel free to leave a comment below. If you need more help, there is a free guide to getting unstuck on my website or you can schedule a 30-min. complimentary consult via phone, Skype, or Google+.
Dori Staehle is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She lives in the Raleigh, NC area and offers transformation through rhythm, motivational speaking, drum therapy, and fun drumming events. Dori is also the best-selling author of Finding Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. She plays percussion in the rockin’ band at New Horizons Fellowship in Apex and wherever else she can! Are those her legs in front of the drum kit in the top photo? She’ll never tell!