After years of doing the same thing, and getting set in our ways, the idea of embarking on a new journey can seem so futile.
People often ask me how I reinvented myself after a long career as a Grammy nominated songwriter.
The only answer I have is what a friend told me many years ago, “Show up! ”
Even if nothing happens, just show up. If you show up and make the smallest movement towards your goal you will get to where you want to go or maybe even somewhere you never imagined. It’s never too late!
I’ve always held onto this advice, and now I’m adding another facet to my life as a designer. For inspiration, I keep a framed newspaper excerpt my father in-law gave me many years ago. I have since added a few of my own findings, but I still love looking at it from time to time:
Verdi composed his Ave Maria at age 85.
Martha Graham performed on stage until she was 75 and choreographed her 180th work at 95.
At age 98 the noted pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski played a full program and three encores to a sold-out house at Carnegie Hall.
At age 80 Marilla Salisbury set a record for her age group in the five-kilometer walk. Her time was 40 minutes, and her pace just under five miles an hour.
Michelangelo was carving the Rondanini Pietà six days before he died at age 89.
Marion Hart, sportswoman and author, learned to fly at age 54 and made seven non-stop solo flights across the Atlantic, at age 83.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses (Grandma Moses) had her first one-woman show when she was 80.
Following a popular appearance on a Boston public television program in 1963, Julia Child, then 50 began hosting “The French Chef,” the first of several cooking shows that helped introduce Americans to fine dining.
At 53 years old Ray Kroc joined forces with the McDonalds and later bought their business outright in 1961. You know the rest!
Carmen Herrera, painter, sold her first painting at age 89. Today her work is in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern.
Harry Bernstein published a short story when he was only 24, in 1934, but it was not until he was 96 that his well-received debut novel, The Invisible Wall was published by Random House. In an interview with the New York Times, he said, "If I had not lived until I was 90, I would not have been able to write this book
Morgan Freeman became an international star at 52, when he played his first major Hollywood role in Glory.
No one knows the mysteries tomorrow holds; And while I know you’ve heard this quote a million times, it bears repeating:
“When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell
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