Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It's never too late

Yesterday, I got some fabulous news. My husband's brother and sister-in-law are two very active, social people, always have been. Until four or five years ago, few of their activities overlapped. That worked for them, mostly. Well, my sister-in-law began to complain she wanted to see her husband more, so he suggested they both take up archery. He'd done marksmanship/shooting over the years, and she wanted to learn. So they did.

Then they started going to weekend tournaments. It turned out, while he was good, she was very good, consistently placing high and doing well. She's gotten even better over time and has frequently been told she could've been an Olympian already if she'd started younger.

Last weekend, they went to another tournament. My sister-in-law got two golds in her events, beating out two members of the current national English team. That's not new. She does that occasionally. What was new was the phone call on the way home.

The English team has asked her to join them to represent England at an international championship in December.

How flippin' cool is that?!? I'm so damn proud of her. I love that she's been able to discover this at 40. She is living proof that it is never too late to discover new things about yourself, develop new skills, reach new dreams. It would never have occurred to her 20something self that she could compete on an international level in a sport, and yet, here she is.

Now she knows, the sky really is the limit. That's a lesson we all need reminding off every once in a while.