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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life by Margie Warrell

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—Chapter 7—

‘I’m too old to change career now,' Tony lamented to me. He'd always worked in accounting and had been quite successful, but he'd long ago lost his passion for it and was struggling with the future ahead of him. ‘I always wanted to be a high-school maths teacher, but if I go back now to qualify as a teacher I'll be 51 before I get into a classroom.'

There was no arguing with his arithmetic. He would be 51. But, as I pointed out to him, he was also the youngest age he'd be for the rest of his life and he could spend the next 20-plus years wishing he'd just taken the plunge.

Then there's Kerrie, who stayed in her marriage for all the wrong reasons — financial security, social status, fear of being alone — and then, 25 years later, found herself feeling very lonely, starved for intimacy, betrayed by infidelity, and regretting that she hadn't had the courage to step out and start over years — decades! — earlier.

Too old. Too young. Too busy.

Not connected enough. Not experienced enough. Not clever enough.

OUR LIVES ARE SHAPED BY THE QUALITY OF OUR choices, TOO OFTEN DISGUISED AS EXCUSES.

Let's face it, you will always — always — be able to find a multitude of convenient reasons to explain why your life is not as you want it to be, and why now isn't the right time to change what you don't want or pursue what you do.

Of course, there's always some validity to excuses. ...

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