I frequently speak at schools with deaf and hard of hearing students. One of my themes is “Beyond the Limits,” a presentation designed to encourage and inspire students to dig deep into their passions and share their talents, skills, and abilities to the world. There’s often an undercurrent of, “But I’m deaf/hard of hearing. No one else has done it before,” when students share some of their dreams or desires. They automatically assume that if no one has done it by now, maybe it can’t be done.
Not so fast.
If something hasn’t been done before, maybe YOU have to be the first. The first to try. The first to lead the way.
As a Passion Coach, I encounter the same resistance when I work with someone who is in the later part of their life journey. “I’m too old,” is the excuse that often pipes up. No problem there–you think you’re too old? I can often pull a story from Growing Bolder that showcases people doing incredible things at any age.
Two years ago, I met Jill Broderick from Vermont. She’s a hockey-playing attorney who works with a trainer to keep in shape. Jill was on the internet, searching for “female barefoot water skiers” and she came across a group of us who host an annual Women’s Barefoot Week in Florida. It had been 40 long years since she put her feet on the water and she was a bit apprehensive when she arrived. The apprehension quickly faded away when she discovered there were five other women over the age of 60, including Judy Myers, the world’s oldest female barefoot competitor.
In the photo above, Jill is doing a toe-hold– a tough trick for even the young ones. Never mind that she’s 62 and doing it for the first time. You know what that means? The possibilities ahead are endless.
If you’ve searched Google high and low to try and find someone who has lead the way before you, maybe it’s time you looked in the mirror instead. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
If something hasn’t been done before, maybe YOU have to be the first.