Are You A Late Bloomer?
I have to admit that the world as we know it now is largely inhabited and powered by the youth.
Youthfulness is prized and sometimes we, er, mature ones have to take a backseat and see young people in its prime do amazing things right before our very eyes.
I need not even elucidate on what Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has revolutionized in his twenties. And with that, I could just even rest my case.
I admit that I am no longer that young and if we take on the premise that success is reserved only for the young, then that pretty slims down my chances.
But I still do have dreams, wishes, plans,
and crazy ideas that
I want to do – Am I too late?
- Is the world closing down its doors on someone my age to try new things out and still succeed?
- Is the world not going to be receptive for older people starting something new later in life?
- Isn’t there a place, and space, for late bloomers?
I never thought of myself as a late bloomer but after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “What The Dog Saw,” I found myself identifying with this state of mind, and being.
In a chapter entitled, Late Bloomers: Why Do We Equate Genius With Precocity, I was quite amazed by the story of former lawyer turned fiction writer Ben Fountain. He was a practicing lawyer when he suddenly abandoned the legal profession and just started writing. For 18 years, he sat on his kitchen table just writing fiction. Luckily, he was married to a very supportive wife, who happens to be a lawyer, too, and allowed him to do what he really wants to do in his life. Eventually, he had his new career breakthrough when he wrote a collection of short stories entitled, “Brief Encounters with Che Guevarra.” It eventually won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. This breakthrough came when he was already 48 years old.
I have yet to read Ben Fountain’s award-winning story but his own story is really an inspiration.
Genius need not manifest early in life. More geniuses may still emerge later in life; a late bloomer.
So the next time an elderly person tells you that he or she wants to pursue something extraordinary, don’t dismiss it as something folly. It could just be the beginning of something great.
Know of any other Geniuses that were Late Bloomers?
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To Your Success,