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When You Feel Too Old or It Feels Too Late

We’ve all been there. Those days when we feel a little lost, perhaps too old to try something new or like you’ve missed the bus on an opportunity. The ability for you to do your Great Work really comes down to a willingness to stop feeling like you can’t do anything, that you’re too small, too old, too new, too inexperienced, too experienced (and the list goes on).

I hope you can draw inspiration from this poem from Rainer Maria Rilke, titled “You See, I Want a Lot.”

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So I want to jump in. I want to read you a poem right away. It’s from this book I’ve been reading a lot of, Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation. This is from Rainer Maria Rilke, a poet I love, and it’s called “You see, I want a lot.”

“You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything. The darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. So many live on and want nothing and are raised to the rank of prince by the slippery ease of their light judgments. But what you love to see are faces that do work and feel thirst. You love most of all those who need you as they need a crowbar or a hoe. You have not grown old, and it is not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out its own secret.”

See, I love that poem and I love that last stanza. “You have not grown old. It is not too late.” So remember that. Wherever you are at the moment, however you’re feeling at the moment, you’re just at the start of this journey. You’re not too old. You’re not too late. So my wish for you is to dive in and find out the secret that life is increasingly giving you.

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