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Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do?

Like maybe run a marathon.

Or learn to  play the guitar.

Or take a trip to Paris.

Or switch careers.

Or audition for community theater.

Or learn to cook.

Or knit a sweater.

Or learn to play the piano.

Or watch every old episode of Saved by the Bell.

Whatever it is… why haven’t you done it? Wait, let me stop you. Before you tell me about how you have no time and no money and it’s just not possible. And before you say, maybe if you were younger or thinner or smarter… let me give you just a little bit of inspiration.

Because it’s never too late.

Last night, my 69-year-old mother graduated from NYU with a Masters in Social Work.

She didn’t let age, or a major accident, or any other personal challenges stand in her way.

She just kept plodding along. Step by step.

Now admittedly, my mother is a bit of an overachiever. She now has three master’s degrees and a PhD. You might not choose to do that exactly.

But you certainly could sign up for a guitar class. Or finish that degree. Or take that knitting lesson. Or DVR those Saved by the Bell reruns.

So c’mon. Just do it.

29 Responses to be fearless

  • Abby says:

    Doesn’t Susan have an MSW from Smith? If so why did she get another one? And speaking of Saved By the Bell, that’s a MAJOR HINT as to who the famous person is who lives in my building!!!!

    Congrats Susan!!! Well done girl!

  • kristen says:

    congratulations to your mama! this is inspiring as i contemplate going back to school, but have been letting fear hold me back.

  • Honest Mum says:

    Your Mother is wonderful. My Mum is a total overachiever too with a degree, Master of Philosophy and PGCE (she quit her PHD) as I came along. Great to have a strong mother behind us!

  • KD says:

    I’m a newish follower and had no idea that your mother had such a horrific accident. Well done her for her additional masters… cracks me up! I do love that her answering machine ended “smile, breathe and know you are loved” it definitely says a lot about her.

  • Lanie says:

    So impressive and inspiring! Congratulations!! Will think of what is on my bucket list and just do it. xoxo

  • Megan says:

    What an amazing woman and inspiration to not only you, but her grandchildren as well! Congratulations Susan!

  • Jacquie B says:

    Hey Kelcey! So nice to see your Mom doing so well!! I remember the posts about her accident, so it’s great to see this photo! Not to mention, inspiring!!

  • Tiffaney says:

    WOW. Just…wow. Congratulations to your mom!! I, too, remember the post about her accident and am SO inspired by her courage and perseverance. Way to go, Mom!

  • Jelli says:

    What an inspiring mom you have! Thanks for encouraging us to let our dreams lead us to new accomplishments. So glad I found your blog today!

  • First of all your mother is GORGEOUS!!! How I wish my mama could take a page from your mama’s book and glean some of her life’s perspective. I am actually going to print this post and send it to her (my mama has issues with her home phone–not the savviest of the techmamas) Mazel tov!!!

  • Congratulations! What an amazing story–I will definitely be thinking of her the next time I say “I can’t” do something. (Which is pretty much every day, sadly.)

  • Leigh Ann says:

    What an inspiration! Congrats!

    I ditched my run the other night because I was tired. Then I watched a video of this guy who was very overweight and could barely walk due to Gulf War injuries. He worked his butt off with the 1 yoga instructor who agreed to work with him, and while everyone said he would never walk again, he is now a super fit dude who can run like an athlete.

    So yeah, I felt like an a-hole.

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