By Morgan Davis Ι Aug. 27, 2015
Just two months ago, at 99 years old, Doreetha Daniels graduated from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. She set out to accomplish a new goal at 93 and did it!
You hear encouraging words all the time, like “You can do anything you set your mind to,” or “If you can dream it, you can do it,” but how often do we really take those encouragements to heart? How many of us really (first of all) believe we can do anything and then (after that) work to achieve a dream or accomplish a big goal? I’m not talking about goals like not letting the dishes pile up or crossing something off your to-do list. I’m talking big, life-changing stuff.
I recently dove into two projects that have really been humbling, but also super great. First, I auditioned for a musical. My best-case scenario happened, and I was cast in a small role! Great! Not only do I get to live “under the sea” among my favorite Disney cast, but I get to be a part of the royal family! Funny story, though: In real life, I’m six years older than my next oldest “sister.” Okay, time to act hip, so I’ll fit in! Just kidding …
The other fun thing I’ve started is taking a college class. Again, I’m surrounded by “kids” much younger than I. There is a lot of great energy with them, so that makes it much easier to assimilate.
I don’t have inspirational words of wisdom about being able to do anything you want. I know first-hand that it takes a lot of courage and planning to be able to interrupt the lifestyle you know and are comfortable with. My advice is just to rip the bandage off. I can be so easy to talk about what you’d like to do and so difficult to do it. So you have to make yourself just do it, no matter what. Easier said than done, right?
I’ll leave you with the words of someone who has done it, Doreetha Daniels: “Don’t give up. Do it. Don’t let anybody discourage you. Say that, ‘I’m going to do it,’ and do it for yourself.”