Start Exploring New Hobbies at Any Age!
Julia Child has sage advice for lifelong learners: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” The three women below combined their passion with persistence to make their marks later in life.
Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first Little House book at 64.
Laura didn’t set out to be a beloved author. Laura’s daughter, a newspaper reporter, encouraged her mother to write down the stories of her childhood. But every publisher she approached rejected her initial attempt at a manuscript. Laura spent several years diligently working to improve her writing, and her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, was published in 1932.
Grandma Moses started painting at 76.
As a child, Anna Mary Robertson drew pictures and colored them with the juices of berries and grapes. As an adult, she turned to embroidery, but when her arthritis prohibited her from completing her needlework, she began painting as a creative outlet. After seeing her paintings hanging in a drugstore in Hoosick Falls, New York, an art collector purchased 15 paintings from her, and within the year, three of those paintings were on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Florida to Cuba without a protective shark cage at 64.
Diana was swimming competitively when she was just ten years old, and she set several marathon swimming records after college. She switched from swimming to broadcast journalism in her 30s. Decades later, she attempted to complete the harrowing Florida to Cuba swim. She failed to make the crossing four different times. But fifth time’s the charm! She successfully completed the task in 2013. It took 52 hours, 54 minutes, and 18.6 seconds.
So get out there. Try something new. Sharpen the skills you already have. You never know—you may just find your name added to this list.