I saw a tweet the other day that said something like “It’s so refreshing to see people that aren’t young hitting it big and achieving their dreams” and honestly, I could relate.
Books and movies make it seem like if your dreams don’t come true by a certain age, it’ll never happen. As if there’s an expiry date on success.
The amount of stress this causes is unreal. We feel like we’re running out of time to make something of ourselves with every second that passes by.
But who can say when life will go your way? How can you know how many times you’ll fail before your chance comes along?
Alan Rickman, the man we all love to hate as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie franchise, only got his big break, as the villain in Die Hard, at age 46! What if he’d given up on acting? What if he’d decided he was too old to get anywhere with his career? I have serious doubts about anyone else’s ability to bring Snape to life the way Rickman did, may he rest in peace.
Arguably the most iconic actor of all time, Morgan Freeman, scored his biggest role in Driving Miss Daisy. He was 52 years old at the time.
Teenagers and young adults are not the only ones who get to be successful. There is not a limit on who can and cannot be good at something, and life doesn’t always play fair.
Life doesn’t always go according to plan and sometimes dreams get pushed aside for a few years while you work on other, just as important goals. But life also has a funny way of working itself out. Success is success, no matter how old you are when you get it.