Bold & bolder as you grow older

“”Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.” – Alan Alda


I hear the world bold thrown about quite a bit lately, by the woman who’s encouraging us to apply for the Knight Arts Challenge, in a few Twitter comments and in other venues.

Plus I hear it inside my head, a voice half accusing, half mocking, a little afraid, saying “You’re awfully bold these days.”

So what exactly does bold mean?

Here’s a definition: Fearless and daring; courageous; requiring or exhibiting courage and bravery.  (Also: a dark, heavy typeface or a clear and distinct approach.)

Louie and Dannie do not always walk together so evenly. (Photo by Vickie Elmer)

Louie and Dannie do not always walk together so evenly. (Photo by Vickie Elmer)

Here’s how it looks: You seize the moment, demand an explanation,  leap before you’ve tested your wings or ask for an assignment that you know you’re not quite ready to manage.

It means hiring a researcher / writing assistant – just as you’ve lost a big client, as I just did. (You’ll meet her in about a week and then start seeing her posts here regularly.)

It means walking your cat alongside your dog and make it around the block without tripping or screaming, though not without a few stares and comments.  (Yes, me again.)

And it may mean you visualize a project so huge and stunning that you cannot quite picture how it will be pulled off.  (Maybe, probably me.)

Yes, you may max out your credit cards or use up most of your goodwill. Yes, you may break an arm or bruise your ego. You may even fail to meet your goals, for the first year or two.

Still, I say: Be bold – when you’re young and as you grow old.Bold

It’s risky. It’s tricky. It’s beautiful. It’s bold.


Thanks to The Bold Life for the Alda quote (and 39 others shared in a post)