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It’s the idea that we are crippled by

No age is a justifiable excuse not to follow your dreams

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When we’re in our early 20s we almost never factor in that we might be dead within the next decade.
When we’re in our early 80s we almost always factor in that we might be dead within the next decade.

In both cases we might be wrong.

What does it tell us about ourselves?
That if we make our life decisions based on the probability of our death we may be dead wrong.

A person in his or her early 20s might be dead within the next decade. There are more people who don’t die so young but what does this data (statistic) tell us about our chances. Can it help me answer the question Will I die within the next decade? Of course, this data won’t help me answer this question. It’s nice that a lot more people don’t die by their 30th birthday, but unless I’m terminally ill already I will never know which group of people I will join (those who died by their 30th birthday, or those who didn’t).
And because we believe that we will die when we’re old and wrinkled (like most people) we tend to tell ourselves that we’ll have time to pursue our dreams. That we’ll do it later.

A person in his or her early 80s might not be dead within the next decade. Maybe there are more people who die by their 90th birthday than those who don’t but what does this data (statistic) tell us about our chances. Can it help me answer the question Will I live another 20 years? Of course, this data won’t help me answer this question. It’s sad that a lot more people die by their 90th birthday, but unless I’m terminally ill already I will never know which group of people I will join (those who died by their 90th birthday, or those who didn’t).
And because we see so many people who do die by their 90th birthday we tend to tell ourselves that we won’t have enough time to pursue our dreams. That it’s too late.

Follow your dreams no matter how old you are. No age is a justifiable excuse not to follow your dreams.
But as a 80-year-old don’t dream about things people do in their 20s. Your body is 80 years old.