It’s never too late to change your career

I started this blog because—as I grew older—I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the grim and dreary things we all hear about aging didn’t seem to be true.

The stereotypes just didn’t fit me or most of the people I know.

One of the most depressing myths is that “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Or to put it another way, old people can’t learn anything new. In reality, of course, people over 50 or 60 or beyond can and do learn new things and pursue new activities all the time, often in the face of significant obstacles. It’s never too late.

Recently, the online publication ImpowerAge, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, held a contest on this theme. According to ImpowerAge founder Dr. Carolyn Anderson and editor Kelly Neufield, the response was amazing.

We were overwhelmed by the number of articles we received from all over the world. We read stories on starting a band, learning from your cat, running a marathon, getting a PhD, falling in love and everything in between. We had a very hard time narrowing down the finalists and finally decided to have 11 finalists in 2 separate rounds in order to share more of the stories of life after 50.

Six finalists were chosen in the first round, with the winners to be decided by a vote.  I was thrilled to have been selected as one of the finalists.

The second round, featuring stories of career changes after 50, also began with the selection of 6 finalists. Don’t miss the chance to read these inspirational stories. Voting ends on June 17 at 11:59 pm PST. 

So much for old dogs and new tricks. The participation and the interest which this contest has generated is yet more evidence that a person over 50 or 60 or beyond can do just about anything she sets her mind to do.

photo by jjsala

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  • Madeleine Kolb 06/21/2011, 8:41 am

    Hi there, Patricia.
    Thanks so much for the comment. Contests like this are just one of the consciousness-raising things happening today in terms of aging. There are also blogs, Betty White doing the wonderful “Get Over It” campaign for AARP, Dr. Bill Thomas’ work on Changing Aging, and so much more.

  • patricia 06/20/2011, 9:40 pm

    Hi Madeline
    Congratulations on this honor. I am so in agreement with you on the false limitations society ascribes to the aging. I look forward to reading your blog more closely.