This provocative question was posed by baseball great Leroy “Satchel” Paige, whose career highlights spanned five decades. It was his way of saying that age isn’t always a factor in success or failure, and he certainly was proof of that. So if you ever find yourself wondering (regardless of your age), “Am I too old for that?” – to go back to school, or change careers, or learn to fly, or fall in love – here are some other examples that show you’re never too old:
- Actor George Burns won his first Oscar at age 80.
- Golda Meir was 71 years of age when she became prime minister of Israel.
- At age 96, playwright George Bernard Shaw broke his leg when he fell out of a tree he was trimming in his backyard.
- Painter Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 80 years old. She completed more than 1,500 paintings after that, 25% of those when she was past the age of 100.
- Michelangelo was 66 years old when he finished painting the Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel.
- Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer was still performing operations in his African hospital at the age of 89.
- Doc Counsilman, at 58, became the oldest person ever to swim the English Channel.
- S.I. Hayakawa retired as president of San Francisco State University at age 70, then earned a seat in the U.S. Senate.
- Casey Stengel didn’t retire from managing the New York Mets until he was 75 years old.
Finally, here’s another great quote, this one from Mark Twain:
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.