“Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese.
–Billie Burke (1886-1970) American Actress
Every now and again when I feel a twinge of doubt creep into my soul, I seek an inspirational quote or story to snap me out of it.
The above quote got me thinking about “late bloomers”-those whose talents don’t burst open until later in life. The list includes:
Julia Childs – who published her first book at 49.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – whose first book Little House in the Big Woods came out when she was 65
Colonel Sanders – who didn’t franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken until he was 65
Grandmas Moses – who started painting in her 70’s
I celebrated a birthday at the beginning of the year and started a new venture at the same time. I questioned my sanity about embarking on another career at this age. (If you haven’t figured it out I’m AARP eligible and then some.)
But here I am. Thirsty for learning and hungry for the challenge. Eager to express something creative. Grateful for the opportunity to express something that hasn’t had an outlet for expression until now. As Susan Boyle stated to Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent–“I guess I never had the opportunity.”
What creativity do you need to share with the world? What hobby have you always wanted to try, but kept putting off? What talent has been lurking beneath the surface that needs to bloom? Stop hiding. Share your talents or explore new avenues for expression. Besides, who are you to deny us your talent. Get out there and shine.
As Barbara Sher says, “It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now.”