Don’t stop pursuing your passions!

If it brings you joy, keep going for it


What are your passions?  Now that you are forty-plus, have you abandoned them?  If so, why?

636088644022003313-joe-20campbell1Joe Campbell holds the record as the all-time leading pass rusher Middle Tennessee State, Blue Raiders.  Now, even at age 46,  his desire to play has not left him.  So, he’s decided to start an over-40 football league.  He has no illusions about being able to play at the same level as he did in his prime but, he believes that, with some adjustments, he can make it work.

Some might scoff at the idea of a forty-something man taking the field in what many would call a young person’s game.  They might accuse him of trying to reclaim some lost glory.  However, if it’s his dream, why scoff at it?

I recently saw a video of Toni Basil dancing.  You might remember her from her 80’s hit, “Hey, Mickey”.  But, years before that, she was already known for her dancing.  Here she is at age 72, showing moves that defy our perceptions of age.

If she can still do it, why sit down?

Too often, we allow the critics, whether they be the people in our lives or own own inner critics, to tell us to give up on our passions because they no longer seem “age-appropriate”.  We think it’s silly to continue doing the things that bring us joy because we see to many people our own age content to sit on the sidelines and observe life.  Why not be one of the ones they’re watching, instead?

Even if you don’t look quite so good doing that thing you love, keep doing it.  You might not draw big crowds or thunderous applause but, you’ll still get the feeling of personal fulfillment that comes with doing the thing(s) you love.  Enough reading…now go do it!

Written by JP Smith

A self-proclaimed "technologist...with attitude", I'm a forty-something husband, father and IT professional/enthusiast. I believe that learning and growth are lifelong endeavors.