When we are young, naïve and enthusiastic we do things which are spot on correct, but we would be too embarrassed to do once we “know better”.
When I was first company secretary of Clarks I forced the board to give up their rather splendid lunch (those were the days!) have sandwiches and give the money saved to Save the Children Fund. The Chairman remembered the occasion fondly years later.
A psychologist told me how early in her career she interrupted a group session full of alpha males. It was the beginning of the day and she and her male colleague had asked each of them to say something about themselves. They used the occasion to make fun of each other, minister clever put downs etc. Her role was to sit on the side line, but she stood up, stopped them and said how appalled she was, and that they had to stop it. It worked! The rest of the day was a great success. These days she would never do that.
So us oldies must re-learn trusting our instincts and taking risks.