The Age of Becoming All You Might Have Been

You’re never too old to become what you might have been.” That’s what Tanya Hutchinson, winner of reality TV’s She’s Got the Look, told me about transitioning her career, away from modeling, at the age of 47.

Remember growing up and the enjoyment you had for music, drawing, tinkering with electronics, dressing up, photography, drama class, or sports? You could spend hours completely lost in doing what you love.

While many took their childhood passions, and morphed them into great careers in their early adult life, there are others still whose talents appear, or reappear, much later in life. Sometimes even in old age.

These fabulous women in history prove my point perfectly:

Grandma Moses – due to painful arthritis, Anna Mary Robertson Moses was forced to abandon a career in embroidery, but she didn’t let that stop her. Grandma Moses, as she is best known for, began a career as an artist at age 76. She became one of America’s best known folk-artists and continued to paint until her death at age 101.

Peg Phillips – began a professional acting career in her late 60′s, and is best known for her role as the storekeeper, Ruth-Anne Miller, on the television series Northern Exposure.

Irene Wells Pennington – the wife of a wealthy oilman, became a 90 something year old business woman, straightening out her husband’s 600 million dollar enterprise, after his mental health began to decline.

Kay Toinette “K. T.” Oslin – country music singer and song writer, released her first, of now 7 albums, at the age of 47.

Laura Ingles Wilder – became a columnist in her 40′s, but it wasn’t until she was 65 that she published her first book, Little House in the Big Woods. This would be the first of her 8-volume Little House series of children’s books.

Melchora Acquino – the peasant woman who, at 84, became a well-known political activist in the Philippine Revolution, to gain independence from the Spanish.

Mary Wesley – wrote her first novel at age 70, and went on to write 10 best sellers before dying at the age of 90.

Wow, these women have certainly inspired me. What have you been dreaming of doing? Is it singing, acting, writing, photography? Well, I’m here to tell you, and show you the proof, that it’s never too late. You’re at the right age NOW, to become all you might have been.

“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt



  1. Inspiring post. I hadn’t realized so many of these woman hit their creative potential after. Thanks for lifting my day.

    • 40plusnfab says:

      You’re so welcome Sabrina!!! Too many of my sister-friends are operating under the mistaken notion that creativity declines with age but NOTHING could be farther from the truth!!! Spread the word!

  2. Liz says:

    I feel like I just started really living.. I’m 45!!! I love this article and you My dear Sondra!!! Talk about a Diva.. woman who understands her divine purpose and blesses the lives of other with her talents~ You my Dear are indeed a Diva ..Muah!!! Love it!!!

    • 40plusnfab says:

      Oh Liz, you are a constant light on my path and I LOVE having you in my life my dear. Thank you for the blessing you are to me and so many others. Continue to let that light SHINE!!!

  3. Your post encourages me greatly! I was thinking the other day – maybe I am getting too old to step out and make a difference. Our time is short no matter how old we are. Thank you Sondra my friend! God’s blessings,

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