As a late bloomer, I found this post: Babbage's heart-warming message for the middle-aged from John Graham-Cumming very encouraging.
Charles Babbage started late in life and yet managed to achieve amazing technological feats.
From Graham-Cumming's post:
"You might think that designing the first computer would be a young man's game. Far from it. Charles Babbage started work on the Analytical Engine in 1833. He was 42 years old.
He kept working on designs for the Analytical Engine until 1846 when he was 55. He then stopped working on it and spent time on the Difference Engine No. 2 which was constructed by the Science Museum in the late 1980s.
Babbage returned to the Analytical Engine in the mid-1850s when he was 65 and kept working on it until his death in 1871 (aged 79)."
It's a refreshing reminder that both youth and age have pros and cons.
The young have energy, drive and can burn the candle at both ends a bit longer. Older, more experienced late-bloomers have a lifetime of successes and failures to draw on.
The Late Blooming Advantage
I used to view my late blooming as a disadvantage. I thought I was slower than everyone else because maybe there was something wrong with me. What I've come to understand is, my late blooming life is a gift to be appreciated and enjoyed.
The ability to see and understand patterns has come only with age and experience. I still make mistakes, but more often than not, I've found myself able to see what's coming and adapt to situations in a way I wouldn't have when I was younger.
I've grown to appreciate the chance I have to do work I love — every single day.
I know I'm fortunate, because not everyone is so lucky. However, I've also learned that loving what you do is up to you, whatever your work happens to be.
My most important realization? An appreciation of the process.
In the process of creating — deeply in the flow of moment — that's where the joy is for me. Even if the task is incredibly challenging, being in the middle of solving it is joyful.
Are you a late-bloomer like me?
What have you learned? What can you share?