I get correspondence and see comments from highly sensitive people and introverts of all ages lamenting that it’s too late to do something meaningful in their lives. As a 69-year-old highly sensitive person and introvert, I can definitely say that this isn’t true! I feel that my best years are yet to come! I’m excited about the prospect of writing much more information about HSPs and introverts. It’s important to have passion and something to look forward to.
I read an inspirational article about a woman who got her high school diploma at the age of 98! Ida Ruth Hayes Greene always regretted not having graduated from high school. She felt that something was missing in her life and decided to remedy that. She was not about to let her age get in the way!
Ida was the oldest of 11 children. She had responsibilities at her family’s farm and became a surrogate mother to her 10 siblings when her mother died. After the death of her father, she took over the leadership role in the family and had very little time to pursue her education.
Ida mentioned to the recreational aide at the facility where she resides, that her only regret in life was not receiving her high school diploma. The director of the facility contacted the local school district and set the wheels in motion for Ida to accomplish her goal.
Ida was interviewed twice about the basic history of America. She didn’t miss one question out of 150 and was presented with a distinguished honor pin. She earned her high school diploma after fulfilling requirements related to her life experiences. Now that high school is behind her, Ida doesn’t dismiss the idea of college in her future.
Ida’s attitude is nothing short of inspirational. There are many lessons to be learned from her story:
Listen to your inner calling, and NEVER give up on your aspirations. Understand that you’re never too old or too young to become the person you want to be.
Look past the “excuses” to the “possibilities.”
Accept help from others
Believe that anything is possible.
Do you have regrets about not doing something? Do you feel that life is passing you by? Why not go for what you want and deserve? The time to act is now! As Ida reminds us, it’s never too late to realize your dreams. I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.
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