Before him sat four judges – well-known and successful. He sensed more than actually saw the audience behind them. People he’d never met sat ready to pass their unqualified verdict on his dream.
His calm, smiling veneer camouflaged the battle raging inside.
- You’ve never done this before.
- You want to look stupid in front of the world?
- You’re no standup comedian.
- Your recliner awaits. No need to try something new.
But 80-year-old Marty Ross mentally muted these voices and began.
Silence followed his first 3 punchlines. Undeterred he charged into a story about visiting a nursing home.
An eternity of thirty seconds passed before a few chuckles escaped the crowd. Without blinking, he pressed on. Laughs got louder. At the 60 second mark, people started howling with laughter, clapping in appreciation. And when he finished his two-minute routine, the audience and judges exploded to their feet signaling their acceptance.
Marty ignored his age, ignored the siren call of comfort and tried something new – something he wanted to do.
If you haven’t been much for romance, it’s easy convince yourself you’re not romantic and don’t need to learn to romance your sweetheart. “I’ve never been romantic. No need to try that stuff now. After all, I’m not 80 but I’m halfway there.”
But inside you sense the tug of what your relationship could become if it included romancing your sweetheart. That desire struggles to overpower the fear of trying something new.
Don’t let the “too old” lie stop you from learning to be the romantic your sweetheart desires. I’ve seen people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and yes, into their 90’s romancing their sweethearts.
Take on the challenge today. Tell the “old-age” myth you won’t accept its limitation anymore. Sneer at comfortable, put yourself out there and become a romantic – no matter your age.
Robert, a hopeless romantic
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