For­ever YOUNG

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

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - COVER STORY - by Aastha Atray Banan aastha.banan@hin­dus­tan­times.com Fol­low @aastha82 on Twit­ter

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.

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