In Wikipedia, the definition of a late bloomer is: a person
whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual. The term is also used to describe a child or an adolescent who develops at a slower pace than others in the same age group. Personally, I like to think of a late bloomer as someone who has a second act in their life journey. I didn’t start considering publishing my fiction until I was in my mid-fifties. My goal was to share my stories with as many people as possible. Why? Simply because I believed people would enjoy a fast-paced suspenseful story with interesting characters. The important lesson I learned is: I have a passion, a new purpose, and something to keep me active in my senior years. Who do you personally know that is a late bloomer? You can probably think of at least one person, right? Below is a list of public figures considered late bloomers:
Acting: Judd Hirsch, 36 Comedy: Rodney Dangerfield, 42 Art: Grandma Moses, 80
Published Authors: Alex Haley, 55 Laura Ingalls Wilder, 65 Frank McCourt, 66
Television, Food and Lifestyle: Martha Stewart, 41 Julia Child, 49
Sports: NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, 28 Boxer Rocky Marciano, 25
Business and Politics: Colonel Sanders, 65 Ronald Reagan, state governor, 55
Do you have a second act in mind? Is there something you have always wanted to do, but a stumbling block stopped you from fulfilling your passion? I have a quote on my desk from a guy named T.X. Jones, no idea who this dude is, but I like his quote: Do whatever your heart leads you to do — but do it!