Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

4 weeks to 50!!

In my last post, I talked about turning 50 next month. I am truly trying to approach this as an adventure instead of facing it with fear.

I have been looking for inspiration and have found a few treasures to share with you.

Duncan Hines (yes, that was actually a real person!) didn’t write his first food and hotel guide until he was 55. Then at the tender young age of 73 he licensed the right to use his name to the famous cake mix company.

Charles Darwin didn’t publish his Origin of Species until he was 50.

Ray Kroc was over the age of 50 when he bought the first McDonalds and developed the franchise.

Julia Child was 51 when she made her television debut.

Harlan Sanders didn’t become the Kentucky Fried Chicken mogul until he was 65.

Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book at 65.

Grandma Moses was 76 when she painted her first canvas.

Edmond Hoyle didn’t start writing his technical rules for card games until he was in his 70s.

Jack Cover developed the first taser when he was 50.

Ronald Reagan was elected to his first public office at the age of 55.

Judge Judy became a household name when she was 53.

Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel at the age of 71.

According to Michael Gurian, author of Wonder of Aging: A New Approach to Embracing Life After Fifty, research shows these uplifting statistics:

  • 1/3 of the accomplishments of the 400 most famous people were made between ages 60 and 70
  • More than half of what researchers call “the world’s greatest work” was achieved by people over 60

With this kind of inspiration, how can we be anything but psyched to reach this awesome age!

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