good life – by noell hyman
Part of cultivating a good life is doing something you love even if you’re too old and it won’t make you any money.
I started serious dance training when I was 38, went on pointe when I was almost 40, and became a member of an adult dance company a year after that.
You might say I’m a bit too old and ask me, “What’s the point?” I’ll never be a professional.
The point is pure joy. That’s it.
I had a desperate dream to dance my whole life, but I did not get to cultivate that as a child. When I realized my daughter had the same dream, I began doing everything I could to help her reach it. I loved walking into the dance studio with her every day, but she got to go into the dance rooms and I had to stand and stare on the opposite side of the window with my heart aching to be on the inside.
One day, when I couldn’t stand it anymore, I decided I would ask if I could join classes, too. The director might think I was nuts. I might look absurd dancing with kids. But I asked and she said yes! And who knows how many moms in the lobby whispered that I was too old. But who cares about that! I worked hard and things have progressed to where we now have a company for dancers who are adults and NOT too old.
And I feel amazing. Every day that I get to dance is a day that I get to do the thing that gives me the very most joy.
Someone once asked me if I was training so I could become a dance teacher. I think we forget that even adults and parents can do fun things — that we can even work hard for something simply because we love it and it fulfills us — not just because we can earn some money from it.
These days I’m very aware of comments I hear like, “She’s too old to be doing that.”
Really? Why is that?
What are you “too old” to be doing that you secretly would love to do if only you were younger? What do you wish you could spend time doing if only it paid well?
Life doesn’t end at 29. You’ve got plenty of time. Go do it.
Note from Becky
Noell and her husband Izzy are the force behind Paperclipping.com – and they certainly have made an impact in the scrapbooking industry. They have a podcast called Paperclipping Roundtable and I’ve been a guest on their show a few times over the years. I appreciate the respect they have for me and my business and my philosophy about simplifying the process of memory keeping. I’m always grateful for the passion that Noell has for our hobby and industry and how she really works to bring voices and minds and perspectives together to discuss topics surrounding memory keeping so others can be inspired.
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