At what age do we stop? Children grow, learn, and even openly express themselves for all the world to see. Then somewhere along the timeline of our lives, most people stop.
They stop laughing out with a big laugh in public places. They stop learning. They stop dreaming big dreams and making big plans. They stop trying hard to be better. They stop encouraging themselves. They stop looking for ways to create another opportunity. They stop finding wonder and they stop embracing everyday joys.
Stopping gets easier and easier. Life is busy, work is tiring and we eventually are not as young as we used to be. Momentum is lost.
Eventually stopping becomes a habit. Giving up takes less effort and is very socially acceptable. Not only does misery love company, so does everyone that stopped. If those around you stopped, your stopping will seem okay and normal. You may even be encouraged by others to stop.
I sometimes wonder, when people stop living and are now just existing, does this mean they are just waiting to die? I know this sounds harsh but is stagnation really living or just “doing time?”
Our attitude and momentum communicates who we are better than any words. People may hear you and forget, but they watch you and remember.
Ever watch successful people (by whatever concept you believe defines success). I bet they haven’t stopped. They probably keep finding success, often including the same little things they found joy in as a child.
What about you? Have you stopped? What have you learned today? Did you hear the birds chirp today or find a new interesting thought to consider? Have you made funny noises or spent time with people that help make you better? Did you become better today? Or have you already stopped too?