NEVER TOO LATE

AvatarFor those among you who have bemoaned old age and the loss of dreams, let me share my story.  I have lived my entire life in “delay” mode and I can tell you that it is never too late. 

In my late teens, I wanted to be a writer. I had been publishing with the Arlington Citizen-Journal and on track to be a professional journalist or write a book or teach college.

Then life took a left-turn, as it often will.  I married at age 20 and became a mom of three great sons; writing and college became part-time pursuits.

At 35 I got a divorce and began pushing a business career, advancing to a vice presidency before earning my Bachelors of Business Administration at age 47.

I was able to teach in business context and to write (legal docs, strategic plans), toyed with an MBA, and at 51 started my own management consulting practice

Still, I yearned for something different, a missing piece.  At 68, I retired, returned to school full time, and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Literature and Creative Writing.

At 73, I earned a Master’s in Fine Arts in Fiction, began to blog, published a book and then another left turn – home to care for an aging parent.

Late last year I re-settled in north Texas, began to write for Arlington Today and work on my next novel.  In the fall, at age 78, I will teach my first classes for Tarrant County College in Arlington.

So the message is this:  it is never too late to fulfill a dream.  Of course each of us has limitations.  For instance, I cannot see myself “planking” (a daily exercise routine religiously observed by 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg).

But I am suggesting that too often we listen to a voice in our head saying we are too old.  What I have come to believe is this: if a dream is really important to us, we must not be the one that stands in our way. 

— Jonnie Martin

About jonnietootling

It seems forever that I have seen myself as a writer, enamored of life and great literature. I have been a journalist, a blogger, a published novelist; hold both a Bachelor's and Master's in literature and creative writing. Now in my 70's I am blogging here about existence, philosophy, art, literature, people of every stripe, finding our way through life, and growing old with panache.
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2 Responses to NEVER TOO LATE

  1. Phyllis Hunter says:

    Happy Mother’s Day…and an appropriate blog for today! One of the best gifts we can give our children and grands is to show them it’s never too late!

    Love,
    Phyllis

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Joella Ewing says:

    You’ve inspired me again, m’dear.

    Like

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