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It’s Not Too Late

October 13, 2011

Yesterday I accidentally found a real gem on youtube. I never imagined that there could be anything like that on youtube – a place for silly videos or music clips.

Anyway, before you see the so called gem, I bet you never knew that…

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Mary Dixon became a pilot at the age of 50.

Daniel Defoe wrote “Robinson Crusoe” when he was 59.

The average Nobel Prize winner is 63.

Teiichi Igarashi climbed mount Fiji when he was 99!

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Please click on the link to watch the video and then read on.

How did it make you feel? Did it make you happier? Relieved? Less stressed?

Well, it made me realize that I’ve still got time and instilled a hope that I might be a “late bloomer”. Have you ever heard that term?

A late bloomer is a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual. The term is used metaphorically to describe a child or adolescent who develops more slowly than others in their age group, but eventually catches up and in some cases overtakes their peers, or an adult whose talent or genius in a particular field only appears later in life than is normal – in some cases only in old age. (Wikipedia)

Would you like some examples?

In art “late bloomers” are most often associated with Naïve art. This term is used for untrained artists so fits those who start late in life without artistic training. Hence the classic late bloomer is Grandma Moses whose painting career began in her seventies after abandoning a career in embroidery because of arthritis.

Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses ), Maple Bush 1953

An even older example is Bill Traylor who started drawing at age 83. His life story is even more inspiring considering the fact that he was born into slavery on a plantation in Alabama. After emancipation, his family continued to farm on the plantation and only in 1939, at age eighty-five, he moved to Montgomery, where he slept in the back room of a funeral home and in a shoemaker’s shop. During the day, he sat on the sidewalk and drew images of the people he saw on the street and remembered scenes from life on the farm, hanging his works on the fence behind him. That year, he met Charles Shannon, a painter, who, with his friends from the New South, brought Traylor art supplies and bought his drawings for nominal sums.

Bill Taylor, Brown Mule

Another painter who started late in life, who you’ve probably heard off, is Alfred Wallis who began painting after his wife’s death in his 60s.

Alfred Wallis

I hope that after reading this, before you get depressed  just because you feel you haven’t achieved anything YET, you will think twice. By the way, if this wasn’t enough and you would like to read more about late bloomers in acting, dance, film making, sports etc. please click here.

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  1. October 13, 2011 9:05 pm

    I am definitely a late bloomer and not sure I have bloomed yet!! But it’s never to late to do something, I studied fine art as a mature student and even though it’s slow going I haven’t given up yet, that’s because I love it so much.

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