I met Liaf while waiting in line at a bakery in Stockholm, Sweden. He advised me which cake to take (you know how french people can be fussy about their desserts!).
"- My name is Liaf, it is a Norwegian viking name , it means "son of the lion" in Arabic.
I used to be involved in Journalism, traveling the world (incl. the USA, Portugal, Tanzania, Cap Verde...) and meeting some of the most influential people in the political and entertainment scene, particularly in the States. At some point, I was approached by the CIA to become an agent, but I refused.
- Cool, I am also in the journalistic field, I said.
- Do you want to become the next Brandon Stanton?
- No, I want to be the first Helene Clabecq.
- Trust me, it's never too late to start.
I've had a rich life full of adventure, but at 69 years-old, I got a stroke and had a choice to make: either be old and scared, or do something about my mental and physical health.
Obviously, I wasn't gonna let myself die. At the time, my daughter was taking a degree as a Pedagogue, and since the teacher seemed to push all the work and supervision to parents, I decided that I might as well study for that diploma too. I got it at age 72, aside to studying gender equity. Shortly after, I started a travel agency for seniors, and took 2500 of them to Portugal".
I expressed my awe.
"69 is the middle of life, it's nothing impressive! You need to take care of your "cabeza*" or you will slowly die"
This discussion reminded me that we are the ones setting limits to ourselves. Not only it is never too late to reach for our goals, but most of the so-called obstacles that we think stop us, are just excuses we give ourselves.
The sky is the limit.
* "Head" in Spanish