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It’s Never Too Late to Live Your Dream

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It’s never too late to live your dream and create a new future for yourself.

As long as you are here, as long as you are still breathing, it doesn’t really matter what your age is – the dream that you brought with you when you came into the world is calling to you still, wanting to be born in new and imaginative ways.

The dream that has animated me for as long as I can remember is to do whatever I can to give courage, comfort and peace to others through writing. But oh dear. Oh my gosh. The calendar says I’ll be 81 in May. Maybe it’s time to call it quits and let go of my dream and live my remaining days in peace and quiet, perhaps with a little touch of apathy thrown in?

I don’t think so. “Not on your life,” I hear my spirit say.

“You’re just getting started. I’ve gone to a lot of trouble helping you through difficult times and inspiring you to keep growing. You’re just beginning to get the hang of how life works and what you have learned can be helpful to others, so listen up.

“This is no time to think about ‘retirement.’ This is a time to stretch your wings like never before and fulfill your mission. You have an opportunity to create a new future for yourself that will be a blessing to others, so hop to it.”

The general consensus in our culture seems to be that the older we become the less useful and relevant we become. And if you haven’t manifested your dream by age 40 or 50 or 60 or whatever, well, that’s just too bad, you probably never will manifest it now.

I say that is false. Aging is a privilege. The older we are, the more opportunity we’ve had to learn life’s ways and the more wisdom and compassion we have available to share with our world.

It’s never too late to give your gift. It’s never too late to create your preferred future. It’s never too late to fulfill your dream. You know so much. You have proved so much. You have suffered so much and overcome so much. You have shed so many illusions and pretenses.

You are more authentic now than at any time in your life.

The world yearns for the light that is yours to share. It is the light of your own eternal spirit and it will never dim.

I send love and blessings and hope you are keeping well. Your thoughts on the above will be much appreciated, as always.

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Lou Delaney April 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thanks for this Christopher! Your words are always so positive and inspiring. They never fail to make me feel better and remind me to keep aspiring to be the best ‘me’ I can be no matter what stage I am currently at :) Best of luck to you as you continue on your journey

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Lou, I’m delighted to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words, they nourish my soul. Best of luck to you too.

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Tess The Bold Life April 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Christopher
You’re posts are stellar! I love this: Aging is a privilege. And I love you:) x0x0

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Tess, you’re an angel, not sure if I ever told you that. Blessings and thanks.

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Arthur April 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Yes Chris, you and I will be a year away from 80 in May – you after it and me before it. But you are so right, I am being constantly surprised by how much more there is to do which is so different from what has gone before. Life, if anything, is more exciting with the passing years and continues to deepen the wisdom gained … Wilf

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Arthur, great to hear from you, anything new your side of the pond? I’m very happy to be sharing this adventure of living (and aging) with you. Best of luck.

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Arhur [Wilf] July 28, 2013 at 4:27 am

Anything New? Well, we have had something of a summer this year for a change since somebody mover the gulf stream some years ago! The downside is that the flowers have been waiting, waiting, waiting, then all of a sudden they burst into bloom, but it seems all the energy is used up and they die off quite quickly – shame. The only other “new” thing I have uppermost in mind is a car, ordered for Sept 1st as last winter played havoc with my health standing waiting for buses at cold, wet and windy places. A new experience after losing Joan and her Motability vehicle but not one to be repeated, I think

Jorg Weisner April 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Dear Christopher,

I totally agree with you. You and I as well as we all are NEVER too old.
I just turned 60 one month ago. A lot of people consider that old, of course not sooo old than you are ;-) but old anyway.

I don’t feel that way and I refuse to think and feel that way.
It is up to us, to live our life with all that we have learned in the meantime and with all our quirks as well.

Go on with your great writing and inspiring. This is a great habit!

Best wishes from the Selenter See
a lake near the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany

Joerg

PS: I would like to run an interview via Skype about your habits of writing and looking at life in general. My second book is about successfull habits.
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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for sharing some of your own experience Jorg. Congratulations on turning 60. Of course my Dad, were he still alive (he died at age 95) would say both of us are just youngsters yet:-) It sounds such an interesting place where you live. So do you actually live beside the lake? Must be gorgeous. Best wishes.

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Norma April 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Dear Christopher,
THANK YOU… Your words today spoke directly to my heart & soul. I’m reminded how important it is to tell ‘my story’ by intertwining it into something as a fun & adventurous as my new travel blog that is ‘coming soon’. Personally, I’m glad you didn’t stop with this passion of yours because you inspired me. My favorite part of your blog today… “The world yearns for the light that is yours to share. It is the light of your own eternal spirit and it will never dim.” Ahhhh… Sunshine to my eyes & ears!

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

What a delight to receive your comment Norma. Thanks for writing. Congratulations on your blog, coming soon, may it be a huge success and I’m sure it will. Love and blessings.

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Kathleen April 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for the inspirational words! It’s such a privilege to be alive and aging brings wisdom. At least it has to me but I had LOTS to learn :))). Btw, I’m 20 yr younger than you and sometimes feel embarrassed to be “old”. Other times I am proud to have made it to this age. Other times I am oblivious of age. The latter are the best times.
Until we fall off the twig we might as well sing!

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Thank you for your inspirational words Kathleen. I’m glad I’m not the only one who also had LOTS to learn, though I’m beginning to think I’ll still be learning for quite a while yet, God willing:-) I love what you say about the best times being when you forget your age. You’re a wise lady and it was a real pleasure sharing your comment (especially your last line:-) Yep. Let’s keep on singing as long as we can, okay?

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Marisa April 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Christopher,
Your words, and your work, resonate with my soul and spirit. I will be 68 years young
in August. I greet each day with the wonder of the Universe, the energy of truth, the gratitude for my complete life (easy & hard) , the welcoming of people such as yourself into my tiny corner of the world, and the knowledge that each day is a new beginning for knowledge, truth , work, and beauty. My husband left this part of his journey and although I miss him every minute I have the wonder of sharing my life with him for so many years. I go forward now with the gift of humanity in my heart and soul.
Thank you for being heref with your wisdom and love.
Marisa

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Christopher Foster April 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Such touching words Marisa. Thank you and bless you for your comment. I am so sorry about your husband but I rejoice with you in what you shared together. I truly believe that anything beautiful and true we share with another is never lost. Thank you for the gift of love and truth you bring into this world. Be strong and God bless.

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Valerie Baker April 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

A beautiful message, Chris. I wouldn’t miss the years to come and the opportunity to see this world awaken in ways we’ve awaited for millennia.

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Exciting time to be alive isn’t it Valerie. Many thanks for your comment and be well.

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Kitty Peterson April 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Wonderful stimulating message. I know I have often thought that maybe it was time to give up some those unfulfilled dreams. I will keep your message available as a gentle reminder.. Thank you!

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi Kitty, what a pleasure to hear from you. Thanks for your kind message and I hope all goes well in your neck of the woods. I’m sure you’ll know if there is something calling you that really really really does merit some attention. Best wishes and good luck.

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Elana April 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Hear hear! Bless you, Christopher : )

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thank you Elana. Back at you, okay?

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Tina April 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Beautiful and uplifting as always. At 40 + I am struggling to identify my dream for the future so it is reassuring to hear that it’s never too late :)
Thank you x

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Hi Tina, I promise, it ain’t too late:-)

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Bobby @ Ban Excuses April 23, 2013 at 4:45 am

Just found your blog, definitely keep up your passion!

I believe it is in Asian cultures where people are more respected the older they become because of the knowledge they can impart.
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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I’m glad you found me Bobby and thanks for the word of encouragement. Good job on the review of Gladwell’s book and good job with your blog. Best wishes.

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Great to hear from you Bobby. Love your blog. Best wishes.

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Vlad April 23, 2013 at 9:55 am

Hi Chris!

Beautiful, uplifting message! You are so right about this. What is chronological age anyway? Just a number on the calendar. We are so much more than that!

Blessings to you, Vlad
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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Vlad, how are you, I do appreciate your comment and the sentiments you share. Very thankful also for our friendship. Be well.

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BarbaraZ April 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

Christopher, I am still out here!! My big day will be in December… 70!!! I stop and think, just how did this happen? My body is letting me know a bit more that it is reality, but my brain keeps moving full steam ahead! Love life, love the challenges it brings. So far I have met them all in good measure.
Barbara
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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Barbara, bless you, that is a big one all right. All these round numbers seem to carry extra weight as years go by…but keep on loving life and loving life’s challenges and all will be well, don’t forget the best wine comes at the end of the feast:-) Love to you.

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Rick Barlow April 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

Excellent reflection on age, what it brings instead of what it takes away. I’m still working on the whole wisdom thing. I do feel wiser, but I’m not sure I can prove it. In the words of the inimitable “Killer” (Jerry Lee Lewis), keep “hangin’ in like Gunga Din.”

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Good to hear from you Rick. That’s a great quote from Jerry Lee Lewis. By the way I love your tagline. “Dream it. Do it. Now.” Best wishes and keep hanging in there.

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Norma April 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

Just wanted to add… It is a beautiful thing to read of so many that are embracing life so fully right where you are. LOVE IT!!! I’m just a baby at 49 years young and would NOT trade this time in my life to be any other age! Ahhh, the beauty of living in the moment is priceless & liberating! Thanks to all of you for sharing your hearts!

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Christopher Foster April 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Norma, wonderful words and thoughts. You’re just a youngster all right but if we live in the moment who cares how old the calendar says we are. Life is life and love is love. I don’t think they age at all. Love to you.

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Maureen Moeller April 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

Oh my, this is the most inspirational blog post I have ever read. This one will go up all over the house; on my fridge, taped to every mirror and lying on the coffee table. Aging is a privilege Chris, and regardless of how this society views it, we must remind ourselves of this every day.

Secretly I have always thought that I will have more to offer the world in my mature years; my younger years did not find me ready as I was so easily distracted by materialism and gaining acclaim for my work with children and teenagers. That is not to say I have not already given my gifts to help others, but those gifts came with a stipulation; recognition. Finally, wisdom has lead me to an epiphany. The gifts given with total abandon and pure love bring us closer to our true nature. So I plan to “hop to it” as I begin creating and sharing my art with the world, as she has been patient in her yearning. Chris, you are an inspiration and I know your 81st birthday will be a blessing for you, JoAnn and the world!

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Christopher Foster April 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Maureen, thank you for your comment, and for sharing this beautiful process of epiphany that you are experiencing. I’m touched beyond words. My mentor said one time that our task is to give our gift without concern for results. It’s a hard thing to remember sometimes:-) But I know that your art will be a blessing to many people as you continue to listen to the voice of wisdom in your heart. I’m with you in the way and wish you all the very best in the days to come. God be with you.

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Christine April 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

The lack of clarity right now drives me crazy, but I do feel that everything is unfolding beautifully in Divine Order and Timing. So, I am just trusting and trying to be comfortable in the “not knowing, just exploring and being open” process .You handled it so gracefully. It is just someone’s opinion after all right? I think you are a great writer, though I’ve only read your blog .You have a very candid and honest writing style which is so wonderful and refreshing to read. :)

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Christopher Foster April 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Many thanks for your comment Christine, I appreciate it. I think you describe where we are at right now very well. A lack of clarity for sure — but if you take a little while to be still you can hear and feel that there is order and love at work and in fact very much present in our lives. Love and blessings to you.

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Monika April 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hi Christopher
Awesome Post. You really dialed that in. It’s the simple principles that worked for people that have already been where we are heading and desire to be that we should pay close attention to.Thanks for keeping it real and I always look forward to your next post!

Thanks for share it.
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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi Monika, I’m so sorry about the delay in thanking you for your comment. I do appreciate your kind words and wish you all the very best in your journey. Take care.

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The dream that has animated me for as long as I can remember is to do whatever I can to give courage, comfort and peace to others through writing. But oh dea. You handled it so gracefully because i am so interested my dream and my career .thanks for to the writer……..

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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

Thanks for your comment, here’s wishing you all the very best with your dream and your career.

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Allan Jonas May 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I believe it was chief Dan George who once said ” How old would you be –If you didn’t know how old you are” ? I think part of the wisdom of the so called aging process now is to recognize the often unfortunate and negative programming we all carry and to gently nudge our over active minds and emotions aside when they get too involved in
this stuff. Its a challenge but when we let it go the reality of our true presence can shine through and that is ageless and timeless for sure. Thank You Chris

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Christopher Foster May 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

Thanks for sharing these wise and helpful words Allan. A pleasure to be sharing this journey with you.

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Lee May 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

This one’s a keeper, Chris. Certainly what I needed to read for my life right now. Will print it out and post it on my wall.

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Christopher Foster May 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

Lee, thank you for your comment and I’m glad the post is a help. Best wishes.

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Thanks for your comment. Every good wish to you Vinay.

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