“You can’t teach the old maestro a new tune.”Jack Kerouac
It’s weird getting older. As I’m writing this, I’m 31. Which, depending on what said of the aisle you fall on will likely either sound really old or really young to you.
In some ways, I feel old. Part of that is the aches and pains I’ve accumulated over the years (for example I’ve been dealing with some chronic jaw pain this past year).
But in some ways I feel young, still working to find myself and create success and meaning in my life.
One thing I’ve learned (and will hopefully continue to keep in mind) is that there’s always a new chapter of your life after your current chapter ends. No matter where you are in life, there’s always room for change and reinvention. Not only room for it, but a necessity.
No matter where you are in life, there’s always an opportunity to reinvent yourself.
Why can’t you teach an old maestro a new tune? Because their head is too full of old tunes.
Failures accumulate. Fears accumulate. Debt, Mistakes, Memories, Habits, Patterns, Rigidness—accumulate.
Reinventing yourself requires letting go of who you were (and ultimately forgiving where applicable), or at least pieces of who you were, in order to create space for new things.
Pouring water into a glass that’s already full will just immediately spill out.
If you’ve wanted to change something about your life for a while now, perhaps a part of you—a past version of you—isn’t letting you do that.
If you want to get healthy and fit, maybe your past unhealthy self is still stuck in her old habits.
If you want to change your career, are you following the same decision patterns you did previously?
If you want to be a better writer, are you challenging yourself or just looping past ideas on repeat?
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1567