“But I’m too old…”

Ryan Eidson  —  May 11, 2016

“grandma #1” by flickr user Piotr | cc by 2.0

A year and a half ago I met a local author at a craft show. She is a retired schoolteacher and was selling her series of three children’s books. The books were beautifully done and even included matching bookmarks.

I asked her about the books and why she wrote for children. I quickly looked through one of the stories and complemented her on her work.

Then I asked, “You have three. Will you write more books?”

“No,” she said, “I’m too old for that.”

Too old? I thought. She looked in good health to me, and her husband was with her at the table.

Age is an excuse.

Too old to write more books when you’ve already mastered the process.

Too young to make a difference in your community when you’re already a positive influence to your friends (and you don’t recognize it yet).

Too old to mentor someone in their marriage and communication skills.

Too young to take that advanced course (when you have the brains to pull it off).

Remove the “But I’m too old/young/[insert another adjective]” excuse from your lips. You might be surprised what you can pull off when you put your hand to the wheel.


Ryan Eidson


I have the unique ability to make complex ideas easy to understand. I am the author of A Couple with Common Cents and live in rural Missouri.