Now, I find myself worrying that maybe I missed my opportunity to “be somebody” or “make something of myself.” There’s a feeling that something is passing me by right now, and I can’t catch it; that I missed the boat because I got to the dock a couple of decades too late.
Our cultural assumptions about the early manifestation and realization of talent run deep and generally unchallenged. Everyone knows that Real Creative People hit their stride early and make their mark emphatically.
A late blooming adult is a person who does not discover their talents and abilities until later than normally expected. In certain cases, the individual may be as old as 83, and retirement may lead to this discovery.
Late bloomers are actually plentiful, and each has his or her own story and distinctive pathway. Stopping to look at all the paths together calls into question some of society's most cherished beliefs about the nature of human development, the roles of intelligence and education in creative achievement, and the ingredients of success at any age.
GRADUATE students in the hard sciences (and economics) often hear that all their best work will be completed by the time they reach 40. The magical fusion of creativity and brilliance has a shelf-life.
It usually makes parents proud when their children reach a developmental milestone ahead of other kids. But when it comes to intelligence, researchers say, the smartest children appear to have brains that develop later.
Why did this performance become such an instant viral plague on YouTube? It wasn't just for that OK tear-jerker of a song. It was because Susan Boyle gives all late bloomers hope that we still have a chance to realize our own dreams.