Actually this quote is attributed not only to Oprah Winfrey but to John Maxwell, and Max De Pree, among others.
It really doesn’t matters who first spoke these words or how many people claim to be the author, what matters is the powerful realization that these words can change your life.
We can never become what we need to be, fulfill our purpose or live our passion with all the spaces neatly filled in. Just like a piece of paper filled with words, once we determine who we are, what we like and don’t like and settled on what we are capable of we have filled in all the lines. Unless we allow some blank space we will find it harder and harder to fit in new descriptions and words to define us.
You don’t have to define everything about yourself to be happy. You can leave plenty of room, and though it is comforting and feels safe not to stretch and risk trying new things you may fail at, having this space frees you to try exciting new things to fall in love with.
If you clear some space, you can fill those spaces in with new ideas, new people to meet, places to travel and things to do. Something as small as trying a new food in a restaurant where you always eat the same item on the menu or reaching out to someone completely different than you can set you on a path to creating a life of adventure and opens up endless possibilities. You need to try things with an open mind, which is the key. Open not only space in your life, but your mind to new possibilities. Expand and grow and try new things every single day.
Maybe you can get some inspiration from Nola Ochs who at 95 years young graduated from college, or George Weiss who at 84 invented a popular new game app or maybe you can be inspired by Nick Vujicic who without any limbs became a motivational speaker and travels the world inspiring others to rejoice in being alive. These people amaze and inspire me because not one of these people allowed themselves to have all the spaces filled in, they left plenty of room for new definitions in their lives.
We all know the saying, “life is an adventure,” and it is that adventurous nature that allows each of us to leave open spaces. Letting you to tap into with things small or large that excite and energize you allowing us all to remain young no matter our physical age.