Many people have told me I am an inspiration to them. That’s because I’ve written and published two novels, a new career starting at age 85. “You’ve demonstrated that it’s never too late to follow your dream,” they say.
Well, I’m glad they’re inspired, perhaps motivated to breathe new life into their own abandoned dreams.
Yes, think bold, dream big, climb the highest mountain you can. But be sensible. Do you want to spend your life in sullen frustration because you never ascended Everest? Stand on top of the old worn-down hill in your neighborhood and glory that you’re there.
Be a CEO or star quarterback if that’s destiny. If it’s your role to be a follower, be a successful follower. You’re needed. You keep the world spinning. If it’s your job to prepare three meals day after day after day, change the diapers, rock the baby, work the garden, pay the bills, do your job well and do it cheerfully. Shine forth to those around you.
Seek to live a generous, committed life, loving and learning, giving, growing, glowing. That sums up my inspiration.
Here are four pillars that have supported my happy life:
Ann is a retired educator, the mother of 10 children, and the author of two lively novels written in her late 80s.
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