Let the men and women who found success, fame, love, new directions, new interests, or just themselves later in life show you that it’s never too late to change the story of your life
Some days it seems the world belongs to the youth. Twentysomething geeks are becoming tech billionaires, teens are writing bestsellers, college kids are backpacking across the world, and some CEOs are so young, they still haven’t bought their first suit. It’s easy to think, that for the rest, the time has come and gone – that it’s now too late. What a pity, for if dreams died with age, if risk-taking had an expiry date, we’d never have heard of…
Morgan Freeman The deepvoiced actor had been a stage performer for decades before bit roles on screen landed him behind the wheel in Driving
Miss Daisy. He was 52 then, an age when some actors had happily retired.
Julia Child She was 36 when she discovered classic French cooking for the first time after moving to Paris with her husband. Her first cookbook, which simplified Cordon Bleu techniques for America and the world, wasn’t even published till she was nearly 50.
Harrison Ford He’d still be building cabinets if it wasn’t for a chance meeting with a client, who just happened to be George Lucas, who just happened to be looking to cast Han Solo for a little film called
Star Wars. Ford was 30 then. Older than Hollywood hopefuls. Now, he’s a legend.
Caitlyn Jenner She’d have remained Bruce, Olympic medallist, TV personality and step-father to the Kardashians. She’d also have been unhappily trapped in the wrong gender, never taking the plunge, at 65, to come out as the woman she always believed she was.
Andrea Bocelli He’d taken piano lessons at six, and could play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harp, guitar, and drums. He could sing too. But he spent years as a lawyer before giving in to his passion, and didn’t make it big until he was already 34.
Kathryn Bigelow She would have remained James Cameron’s less successful ex-wife if she hadn’t soldiered on and made the Oscar-winning The
Hurt Locker at age 57. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison started writing only at 40. Vera Wang, the wedding-gown designer to America’s rich and famous, would have lived life as a figure skater and a fashion editor if she hadn’t decided to get married at 40 and found a gap in the bridal market…
Maybe it takes a lifetime to develop the courage to break with tradition. Perhaps finding yourself just takes time. It’s also possible that the universe wasn’t ready for you all these years. Our tales of courage – great and small – show that there’s no deadline for courage itself.
The world actually belongs to those who don’t let anything get in the way of their dreams, not even age. Dream big. The best is yet to be.