You Are Never To Old To Start… Or Start Again!

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Your time is your time.  While it seems that Young Hollywood-  and young everything–  is what counts, young may not be your time.  A now-very-famous psychic told me that I had to get rid of the notion of time and keep developing my life because “my time would be my time.”

I had built up this strong certainty that there was a universal clock with a specific window for “success” and if I didn’t make it happen in that window, my ship had sailed. Sound familiar?

Well, more and more there are people being “discovered” and discovering themselves at every age, just starting second- or first!- careers that lead to prominence in the 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s  and beyond.

There isn’t a time clock…except for our personal time clock! 

Late bloomers often honed their skills and talents to mastery for well over a decade (if you are unfamiliar with Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule click HERE) and then seemed to emerge as super-successes.

A few that I love:

mae-westWhile Mae West was in vaudeville and on Broadway prior to her emergence in Hollywood, she was 38 when she got her first studio film deal in the 30’s.  She went on to build an illustrious film career and amass an empire, enjoying herself  the whole way through! On that note, a few other actresses have emerged in their 50’s and beyond to enjoy major success, like Olympia Dukakis.  While this is not an everyday occurence… it’s also not an everyday occurence to become famous as an actor in general!

Kentucky Fried Chicken was started by a 65-year-old Colonel Sanders. Ray Kroc, formerly a salesman, was in his 50’s when the McDonalds fast-food restaurants got underway.

There are tons of late-blooming writers.  Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her 40’s when she became a columnist and in her 60’s when her Little House series of books were published.  Theodor Seuss Geisel of Dr Seuss fame faced some pretty big rejection before becoming successful at writing and illustrating books in his 40’s. And the Roget Thesaurus was created by Peter Roget when he was in his 70’s.

Some of our most famous foodies did not even start cooking until later in life.  Julia Child was 49 when her first cookbook- Mastering the Art Of French Cooking- was published. Her awesome TV debut on The French Chef took place when she was 51.

Hopefully this little note will remind you when you feel like you are running out of time- or feel that your “ship has sailed”- that you can make your own time. And, if you are still flipped out about aging, this TED talk from controversial and brilliant Aubrey De Gray about ending aging (!) might get you thinking more expansively about time!

Personally, I think living your dreams is the fountain of youth, but this is pretty cool:

xoxo Dana

  

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