This thought has crossed my mind at some points in my life. At 44, I now find myself working on my second master degree and although I did wonder for a while if I was too old to go back to school with 3 kids at home under the age of 12, a husband, a small business to run, and well.. did I mention I am 44? I have to say that this is the best decision I have made in a long time. It has been a breath of fresh air. It has given me an opportunity to learn a whole new field, to re-activate my brain, and basically to start planning the next 40 years of my life.
It wasn't until recently however, that I realized that our understanding of "age" has changed a lot. Look at Frances Hesselbein for example. She is 96 years old. Yes! 96! and she is the CEO of the Peter Drucker Foundation. Now called the Leader to Leader Institute and soon to be renamed "The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute". So if France can be CEO at 96, I think the sky is the limit and those of us who question whether we can go after our dreams at 40 or 50 or 90 for that matter, should stop and realize that the whole definition of "age" has forever changed. Women like Frances are an inspiration. Read Frances hesselbein's story. Buy her book at Amazon.