So many of us feel like success must be achieved on a timeline that puts us beyond opportunity by a certain age. For me, that age was 35…which I surpassed recently. And while I have many accomplishments that I am incredibly proud of—namely my children—I still haven’t written anything that has left me feeling as though I’ve reached my professional milestone. And then Fitzgerald reminds me that I still have plenty of time left!
That F. Scott Fitzgerald was a smart guy. I mean, sure he gave us The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but these wise words have inspired me much more than either of those great works of literature.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was 64 when she published her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, which led the way to seven more books in the legendary “Little House on the Prairie” series.
A River Runs Through It, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, wasn’t penned until Norman Maclean retired in 1973. The book was published in 1976 when Maclean was 74 and was later made into a successful movie.
There are so many other writers and artists who were late bloomers. (Go Google them! You’ll be surprised!)
Perhaps there is still a great novel somewhere deep within me.
Either way, I know I still have plenty of time to figure it out. And so do you!