I was discussing with a friend the other day about my youngest son graduating and his plans to enter the Marines and invariably the conversation veered toward what my other 2 children were doing.
My oldest son is in the Navy and will be deployed (again) to the Middle East…and then…”what’s your daughter doing?”
“Well” I replied, “She’s still trying to figure out who she wants to be and what she wants to do.”
“Oh…well she’s probably just a late bloomer.”
Perhaps the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in that respect. Here’s my timeline of blooming:
Graduate from HS
Work as a stockbroker assistant
Assistant Manager at a clothing store
Title Settlement Agent
Special Education Teacher
And a sprinkling of home based businesses
Late bloomer: a person whose talents or capabilities are slow to develop (from Dictionary [dot]com)
Being a late bloomer is not associated with good vibes…it signifies a slowness, a delay, an outside the norm that is expected
really…well…hmmmm…you’ll pardon my French, but that definition sux
One could make the case that late bloomers are more resilient, adaptable, flexible, curious…
A late bloomer’s talents are not slow to develop, it’s just that you haven’t found them yet…and that uncovering comes from trial and error, experiences, self awareness, and time.
Julia Child-50 when Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published
Harlan Sanders- The Colonel was 66 when chickens started fearing for their lives- Good ‘Ole KFC
Grandma Moses-started playing with paints when she was 75
Laura Ingalls Wilder- The Little House on the Prairie didn’t show up until she was 65
Stan Lee-43 when Peter Parker made his Spidery debut
Late bloomers are beautiful because they are continually blooming. They are like perennials that come up year after year; stronger, fuller, and richer.
Have you been labeled a late bloomer? Oh.you.beautiful.flower.you