There’s no doubt that our culture values youth. So, if career-wise you haven’t arrived “where you’re supposed to be” by a certain age, folks either start pitying you or wondering what’s wrong. Well, guess what? Sometimes it takes a while for a person to find the job they are good at, that they like, and that treats them well. Over on Twitter, middle-age people are assuring those in mid-life panics that sometimes opportunities take a while to present themselves—and sometimes you have to chase them. Here are some of our favorite middle-age success stories, ranging from finally achieving that degree to getting a Grammy nomination.
Am 52 with three kids ages 12-18. Got my MFA in Writing for Children in 2015, sold my first novel in April 2019 and it will arrive on shelves in August 2020. Here's to the middle years!
— Tziporah Cohen (@tzippymfa) January 8, 2020
First film at 48. First Emmy at 52. First Tony at 59!!!!
— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) January 8, 2020
— Camp Palmore (@CampPalmore) January 8, 2020
My first book was published when I was 57, second, at 58, and now at age 60, working on revisions for book #3. Also, I didn't start running until after I turned 45 (averaged 1,000 miles/year for several years.) #nevertoold #nevertoolate #nevergiveup #dreambig #workhard
— Jill Hannah Anderson (@JillHannahA) January 7, 2020
At 42, I published my first book. In 5 years I've published 17 more. I don't plan to ever quit. You can pry the pen from my cold, dead hands ❤
— Barbara Avon (@barb_avon) January 9, 2020
Could not agree more ! I had my first book released & produced my first play (both successful) at the age of 40 – & I was offered lots of ‘be the face of’ writing & producing courses/programs for under 25’s – I asked if I could do it for over 40’s instead & they all said no!
— Melanie Blake (@MelanieBlakeUK) January 8, 2020
I was 47 when I transitioned into HR and am now an HR Manager at age 50. First time in my life ever being a manager
— Christopher J. Coleman (@therealHRnerd) January 8, 2020
I am a mother of four, I released my first full-length book at 45, and started law school this year—at 47—with four teenagers in the house. Some of us are late bloomers, but wow, when we figure it out…🔥
— Tracy M (@dandelionmama) January 7, 2020
I was 39 and a father of 3 when I quit my day job I had for 17 years to be a full time music producer and got my first Grammy nomination at the age of 41 🙏
— starRo (@starRo75) January 8, 2020
Melissa, former single mom here. Middle-aged if I get to live to 120. I’m 62. Random House will release my debut novel, “The Daughters of Erietown,” June 9. I dedicated it to my seven grandchildren. Here we go.
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) January 12, 2020
Yup! Launching my clothing line now- at 48. 2 kids, many careers, next venture feels amazing.
— Emma May (@EmmaMayMMA) January 8, 2020
I made my first film at 45, and have now made nine films of British fairytales. I earn a living as a harpist, but my great passion is for the tales and folklore rooted in the British landscape. My energy, vitality, and innate joy are far higher than in my 20s. Good times! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/cRxBiQMW1L
— Old Weird Britain (@oldweirdbritain) January 9, 2020
At age 65 I ditched my corporate job to become a filmmaker…my first film, Beyond Sixty Project, is completed and we just finished a year of film festivals nationwide. It has been an exhilarating experience. There are so many stories of “older women” taking the leap!
— Melissa Davey (@DaveyLissa) January 8, 2020
Aged 37 gave up my corporate career, realised #endometriosis meant I would never have a family, volunteered in Cambodia then Ethiopia and set up a charity to help end female genital cutting globally. I’m turning 50 next month and am looking forward to what the next decade brings!
— Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE (@JLallaMaharajh) January 8, 2020
Workings on my doctorate. I had not taken a math class for 40 years but aced statistics and advance statistics with A’s. I will graduate with a 4.0 at the ripe age of 60+. The dissertation is all I have left. Lots of life to live!
— Nicolette C Dennis (@greekfromidaho) January 8, 2020
What about a 50 yr old stage4 #metastaticbreastcancer patient who in last 7 yrs founded 2 websites, is a patient advocate, organizes exercise retreats for patients, created #sbcinfographic to make patients aware of signs & symptoms AND is a wife & mum to 2 children? @METUPUKorg pic.twitter.com/1LMTFjK0iI
— Jo Taylor (@abcdiagnosis) January 8, 2020
Finished my PhD at 41 with two teens as an Indigenous woman in public health. Finally got a tenure-track position after gig work in 2018 at age of 47. I'm an Associate Director & Assistant Prof with an academic book in the works on Indigenous Early Childhood
— Angela Mashford-Pringle (@armp71) January 8, 2020