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You’re never too old!

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- I remember when I told my brother that I was joining the military, his first comment was, "What, you're too old! Are you crazy!" Without giving my age away, I was entering the Air Force at a similar age when most people are getting out. I did not allow my brother's skepticism to discourage me from signing up.

I told my sister a few years ago that I wanted to take up guitar and she said, "You can't do that, you're starting too late." Again, I did not listen to my sister's advice and learned to play a guitar. When I mentioned to my brother in-law that we were expecting he shook his head and said, "At your age." I now have three wonderful children.

I know for most people, comments about age and expected limitations are a visceral response. I know my family loves us and offers their sincere best advice for me and my family; and your family and friends will likely provide similar loving advice. My advice, don't listen! If I had listened to their advice, I would not be on active duty and on my way to a great military career and amazing experiences that I have and will continue to have while serving in the United States Air Force. I would not have an interesting hobby (including open mic night performances), and most importantly, I would not have my precious little ones. Today, I received word that I will be heading back to college and I know what the inevitable response will be from some, "You're too old!" Don't listen to them, listen to yourself and follow your dreams.