Contrary to Popular Belief, People Don’t Come With “Best by” Dates. No Matter Your Age, Live.

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It’s easy to look at my life and think about all the things I haven’t achieved. I’m sure that’s the case for a lot of us. It’s not that family, children, jobs or travels aren’t meaningful – they definitely can be – it’s that we don’t often end up doing exactly what we envisioned, and it can be disappointing. But according to a study by the Erasmus School of Economics, artists tend to hit their creative and financial peak at about 42 years of age. Even outside of the creative aspect, consider American astronaut and senator John Glenn, who returned to space at age 77, or Japanese mountaineer Teiichi Igarashi, who climbed Mount Fuji at age 99 (and then repeated the feat a year later at 100). Despite what you may think, there’s still plenty of time – people don’t come with “best by” dates. Just live.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.