POSTED BY KAREN INGALLS
SENIOR SEASON AUTHORS
How do we define a senior season individual? We usually immediately think of gray hair, wrinkled skin, stooped bodies, slow minds, forgetfulness, dentures, and canes.
Typical statements by seniors are:
My life is almost over
I am too old to cook, clean, drive, exercise, etc.
All my friends have died
I feel so alone
Or we do know those in their senior season who are thriving, surviving, and striving toward their goals and dreams.
Here are some interesting facts about famous authors who achieved their goals in their senior years. Laura Ingalls Wilder began writing in her mid-forties when she was working as a columnist and a freelance writer. She took all her years of growing up and published Little House in the Big Woods at the age of 64.
Penelope Fitzgerald graduated from Oxford and launched her literary career in 1975, at the age of 58. By the age of 61, she published her first book and two later won the Booker Prize for her book, Offshore.
At the age of 70, John Howell started writing full time. He won honorable mention in a short story competition for Writer’s Digest in 2012. Since then he has four published books.
When he was 66 years old, Frank McCourt published his first book, Angela’s Ashes.
Diana Athill is the oldest category winning author in the history of the Costa Book Awards. At the age of 91, she won the Biography Award for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End.
At the age of 70, Mary Wesley’s first published novel was Jumping the Queue, published in 1983.
The conclusion I came to in researching and writing this article is that our age is only a chronological number and it is what we do with the days in our lives that truly matters. I encourage everyone to follow your dream, do not let age or any other factors slow you down.