Is it ever too late to start something new and exciting? To reinvent yourself or simply follow your muse?
In this post I described my fascination with those twenty-something bloggers who follow their spirit and take a big chunk out of life, early.
The topic shifted from these intrepid young explorers to people like me. Ahem … men and women of a certain age.
We possess a devilish little voice inside that often warns us to slow down and act our age. Taking time for reflection is often good, but too much life-sucking advice from that timid gremlin and you’re back on the sidelines scratching your balding pate.
If you have a yearning to do something new and exciting and you’re 35 or 65, why not just get to it? As Tom Cruise’s trusty advisor put so eloquently in that movie so many years ago, sometimes you just gotta say what the f….
Well folks, I’m having a what the f*ck moment right now.
What about you?
And what about this inspiration? Why does it come so late for many?
In this article, Malcolm Gladwell states that late bloomers create at a certain age because they simply aren’t exceptional until they have plenty of life experience. Some artists deliver brilliance when young, others master a craft later in life. A gifted whiz kid creates early while the old master spends years experimenting and starts late.
He compares a prodigy like Picasso with a classic late bloomer, Cézanne. They started painting at roughly the same age, but as an experimental learner, Cézanne sought to search and experiment. He was a perfectionist and learned by doing. Picasso had a drive to “find.”
Cézanne spent years searching in open-ended exploration while the daring young Picasso had a clear idea of where he wanted to go and simply created right out of the gate.
This helps answer the question, but maybe we should stop asking why and simply ask; why not? I mean, if inspiration strikes at age 25 more power to you, but what’s so strange about having an inspirational hot flash at 47?
There’s nothing strange about it, but there is a pervasive attitude that people should just act their age and youth is the time for creative exploration and change.
I think we should blow the doors off that notion. Don’t you?
Is there really any set time to create? To grow? To change?
If you have an itch, a yearning, a passion deep within you, don’t let age stop you. Don’t buy into the belief that you need to act a certain way at a certain time in your life, for you might just be the next Cézanne.
Explore. Experiment. Make things happen.
Al Smith is certainly wasting no time. He’s making things happen with The CARE Movement right now.
Cody McKibben hit his stride early, but he sure keeps pushing. All the better for people like me who feed off his energy.
These not-so-late-bloomers just might spark you to action too:
Gini Dietrich still gets nervous when she speaks before a crowd, but she pushes herself to simply do it. And you can’t argue with successes like Arment Dietrich and Spin Sucks.
Srinivas Rao often writes about being extraordinary, but he practices it too. He’s learned from his failures and doesn’t stop improving. I’d say he’s pushing the envelope.
Nancy Davis has has some hard knocks, but she keeps fighting. You might say she’s a teacher, writing about her experiences every single day, mostly for the benefit of others.
And me? Well, why don’t you join me for the ride. Believe me, there’s much more to come.
How about you? If you started late I want to hear about it.
Do you think social media is a great platform for this type of change?
Who out there inspires you to change?