As you get older, it is very tempting to excuse yourself for not doing things you wished you had done on the grounds that you are now too old to do it. That might be true for activities that demand youthful vigour, in a physical sense, but it’s absolute nonsense with respect to your art.
Feeling like you are too old to start is a bit of a lame excuse, really. It’s never too late to start. If you mourn the loss of all the years where you could have been practising your art, but didn’t and use that as a reason for not starting now, you only make the sense of loss deeper and worse.
There is ample evidence that people in middle to old age can start from scratch and achieve amazing results. In fact, their life experience often helps them to accelerate the learning process, since they already know how to a avoid a great many of the mistakes we all make when we’re younger.
The late John Lennon said: “Make your own dream.
That’s the Beatles’ story, isn’t it? That’s Yoko’s story, that’s what I’m saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.
That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be.
There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”
The dream is in your hands. If you want to build a portfolio of artistic works, nobody will or can do that for you. You have to put the work in and that means the later you start, the later you will get your results. So start now.
Your future is largely your own creation and it may be your greatest creative work. It will only become too late if you don’t start right now.