In my “jewelry box” there’s a watch I call my “I’d-rather-be-40-than-pregnant watch.” It was sort of a joke at that birthday because I was really into the teen years with my kids and couldn’t imagine dealing with a baby. My watch is now 26 years old - still ticking - and so am I.
Those years were such productive times as I helped raise the next generation that I assumed would go on to save the small portion of the world they lived in. I had such lofty goals for them and for me after they left the nest. I’ve really enjoyed the years since, but sometimes – just sometimes, I wonder sadly if all that productivity is behind me. To prove to myself that people my age and older continue to be vital contributors to society, I did some Googling … computer parlance for searching.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House on the Prairie” books, didn’t publish her first book until she was 64.
Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence at age 70.
Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa at age 75
Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize at age 69
Peter Mark Roget published the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus when he was 73
Grandma Moses didn’t begin to paint until age 76
Actress Jessica Tandy was 80 when she won an Academy Award
Golda Meir became the Prime Minister of Israel at the age of 70.
Noah Webster published his first dictionary when he was 69 years old.
Although I have no dreams of doing any of those things – except maybe publish another book – I’m in good company when it comes to the golden years of productivity. So, I’m right where I need to be – I’d rather be 66 than 40.
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