“‘Remember when’, ‘ah to be footloose and fancy-free’, ‘I used to do that’, ‘I was once good at that’, ‘those were the days’” are comments I hear women mouth often.
We reminisce about our glory days, our twenties when we were young and carefree and had a lifetime of choices in front of us. We could choose what we wanted to do, what career path we wished to pursue, what travel we wanted to take. The road ahead was long and the complexities of life seemed a distant way off.
Now many of us have hit our late thirties, forties, fifties or even sixties and our dreams and ambitions have been put aside and replaced with ‘life’ and all that it entails for a woman. Careers, jobs, houses, mortgages, kids, husbands, dogs, debts, dependants, health issues, ageing parents, and so on have taken over the dreams we once held so dear. We think the glory days are behind us- a distant memory, a far off thought of a time long past. Or are they?
I was recently reading an article, which talked about some world-famous celebrities, and at what age they made their mark or became famous because of their craft.
Steve Carrell, one of the world’s funniest men didn’t get his first big break until he was 43 years old and landed a role in ‘The Office’. Another household name, Simon Cowell didn’t garnish too much attention until he hit the big time with the launch of American Idol in the United States in 2002. At the time he too was 43.
Samuel L Jackson didn’t come to prominence until he, at 41, landed a role in Spike Lee’s movie ‘Do the Right Thing’, having overcome being a drug addict in the process.
And in 1989 at the ripe old age of 52, Morgan Freeman got his big break in acting when he appeared in a number of movies that same year with one of them being the hit ‘Driving Miss Daisy’.
Now, not all of us are going to be Hollywood stars or let alone famous beyond our front door but what it got me thinking was that it’s never too late. It’s never too late to hone your craft, to start a degree in something which you have always wanted to do, to set up a business, to travel to a far off land, to become a yoga instructor, a gym junkie, a cross fit fanatic, a guru surfer, kickass at karate (no pun intended), a novelist, fluent in a second language, or whatever your heart and your mind desires.
It’s never too late to pursue the dreams we once had. My husband talks of his dad starting a course in Chinese when he was in his 70’s because he never wanted to stop learning. And that’s a great thing. We have a lifetime ahead of us. If we look at the fact that for most of us, we are not even halfway there then we should think of our glory days being in our future and not our past and we should plan accordingly.