- Julia Child was 39 when she published her first cookbook.
- Rodney Dangerfield was 46 before he got his first comedic break.
- Charles Darwin was 50 when he published “On the Origin of Species”.
- Susan Boyle was 47 before she gained the courage and conviction to sing “I Dreamed a Dream” in front of an awe-struck crowd.
- Samuel L. Jackson was 46 before he got his breakout role in “Pulp Fiction”.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when her the first of her wildly successful “Little House on the Prairie” books was published.
In the book Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl saw three possible sources for meaning:
- in work (doing something significant)
- in love (caring for another person)
- and in courage during difficult times
This idea that happiness is a one-size-fits all lifestyle is unmanageable, and incorrigible, and all the “ables”.
Maybe we grew up thinking we needed …
- the perfect schooling
- and the certain job
- the 2.5 kids
- and the perfect dog
- the beautiful spouse
- and the perfect house (with the white picket fence)
… to find our happiness and fulfill the long sought-after American Dream.
I’m not usually much for New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not usually much for caring about the idea of a new year at all. I mean, it’s just another day. It’s just another blip in time.