In 2011, the Oscar for writing was given to David Seidler for The King’s Speech. He was 73, and it was his first Oscar and first nomination. In his acceptance speech he said his father had told him he’d be a late bloomer. The audience laughed, since obviously his father was right. David Seidler also said he hoped that his record as the oldest person to win this particular award was broken quickly and often.
I’m with him. Some might say I’m a late bloomer too, because I didn’t start my writing career in earnest (that is, quit my ‘day job’ and went full time) until I was nearly 50.
My writing flowers may have begun to bloom in the autumn of my life, but I had plenty of other flowers blooming in the springtime too. Who says we have to plant the same flowers all our lives? Like tulips in the spring, sunflowers in the summer, dahlias in the fall, and poinsettias in the winter, we can bloom in every season of our lives.
As David Seidler and other late bloomers like him show us, it is never too late to bloom. We live in a youth-worshipping society, and that is so sad. Youth is beautiful, but it’s only one part of life. Age is beautiful too. If we denigrate age, we should not be surprised when we are denigrated ourselves when we’re no longer young.
It’s always struck me as silly that no one wants to die young, but no one wants to get old either. Yet, those are your only choices. If you don’t die when you’re young, you will get old. I think we need to adjust our attitudes. The David Seidlers of the world help us do that.
We writers are lucky. You’re never too old to write. Plus you just might have more to write about when you’re old than when you’re young.
Bloom early, bloom late – the important thing is to bloom.
|Kim Pearson is an author, ghostwriter, and owner of Primary Sources, a writing service that helps others become authors of professional and compelling books and articles. She has authored 10 books of her own, and ghostwritten more than 40 non-fiction books and memoirs. To learn more about her books or services, visit kimpearson.me.|