Stories of late bloomers and people who discover their second careers in adulthood are popular in our house. We are fans of Leo the Late Bloomer, by Robert Kraus. Also, I joke with K.Jay of Amish Guitar that we're both the Grandma Moses of guitar-playing since we both picked up our instruments in our thirties. I enjoyed finding Storyteller role a new chapter in woman's life by Jonathan Namath. The article is about Mary Lou Williams, a 75 year old storyteller who started her second career three years ago:
After retiring, Williams plan was to give speeches on nutrition. She joined the group Toastmasters, which helps people improve public speaking and leadership skills.
"While I was involved with Toastmasters, everyone liked my storytelling more than my nutritional lectures," Williams said.
I can relate. For years, I wrote serious poems filled with anxiety and loss. Those were the poems I intended to publish. However, I wrote light, humorous pieces on the side to amuse my friends, and those were the poems that people enjoyed.
November 13, 2008 update: Check out this New Yorker article called Late Bloomers, written by Malcolm Gladwell. Thank you, Susan T. of Chicken Spaghetti!