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August 13, 2013

The best years of your life

RUSHVILLE — As people age they often look back to fondly recall the best years of their lives. Natural timeframes are the college years or that certain age before the daily grind of work and family take over the bulk of the day. Associations are to being carefree with limited responsibilities, a light and airy existence.

While it's great to look back in fond remembrance, it's sad to think that the best years of a person's life are never in the moment they currently live or of where they might be in the future. The mindset of feeling stuck in a rut has a way of taking the spotlight away from daily opportunities.

I believe it's never too late to have the best years of your life. Using a common reference of a person's life being like a book, the writing of a personal story continues throughout a lifetime. Making it a blockbuster means making each new chapter equally interesting or even more exciting than the one before. After all, when reading a book who wants the best at the beginning only for the remainder to be boring to the point there is no reason to keep reading.

Yes, many people get bored with the daily responsibilities but changing up the routines can turn the boredom around. If you think the best years of your life have passed you by, look back to discover why you really feel that way. If you felt that opportunities were endless, realize that opportunity still exists. If something in your current life troubles you, fix it so you can move on.

Age is merely a state of mind and so thinking you are too old to start anew will not do if you want to enjoy the best years of your life at any time. You are as young as you feel. The calendar years should not dictate what is best and what is mediocre in life, or what can and cannot be accomplished in a lifetime. 

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