You Say You Want a Late Bloomer Revolution
Well…you know…we all want to change our worlds.*
You are probably here because you identify yourself as a Late Bloomer. Which means that you might feel a bit “late to the party” in various areas of your life.
I hear you. Hello, I’m Michelle, and I’m a late bloomer. I picked up the guitar at 37, traveled to Europe for the first time at 42, and took a leap of faith to become a writer at 44.
Perhaps “Late Bloomer” is not in your vernacular (yet), but you feel that something is missing from your life. You yearn to follow your heart’s true desires in your professional and/or your personal life. What fantastic news! This means that you’re ripe for transformation. Happy Blooming to You!
As Late Bloomer Revolutionaries, our first call to action is to selectively ignore society.
Because we’re moderately rebellious that way.
From now on, we will no longer entertain the following Anti-Late Bloomer thinking:
- Is this all there is?
- Have I missed the boat?
- My life is 1/2 over! A 1/4 over! A 1/3 over! Almost over! Choose your ratio of panic for a split second and then kindly ignore forever.
- Where did the time go?
- Time is tick-tick-ticking away!
- It’s too late to fall in love, feel beautiful / sexy / energetic, change careers, quit my job, start a business, find my bliss, follow my bliss, figure out what I want to be when I grow up, save for retirement. Again, pick your poison(s). I have the antidote. Hang in there.
I’ve saved the best for last. It stands on its own because it is the #1 regret of most people.
- It’s too late to follow my dreams.
Nurse Bronnie Ware uncovered this top regret while talking with her patients who had been sent home to die. (This may seem morbid at first, but we have something extraordinary to learn from these people who opened their hearts to share their truths. Stay with me.)
In her book, The Top Five Regrets of The Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, Ms. Ware writes of the #1 regret:
“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all…Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices that they had made, or not made. It is very important to honour at least some of your dreams along the way.”
It was learning of this regret that ultimately empowered me to let go of a lifetime of fear and doubt to follow my passion for writing.
It’s never too late to live your dreams!
As Late Bloomer Revolutionaries our second call to action is to realize that all of the above are only thoughts and thoughts can be changed.
(Thank you, Louise Hay.)
In my personal experience, my life became juicier and more fulfilling when I heeded these two revolutionary calls. They launched me on the Journey of Bloominess that I continue to embrace today.
Which is why I am here to encourage you on your journey. As revolutionaries, we are in this together!
I propose the following manifesto. It’s short, sweet and therefore attainable.
Read it out loud. Shout it from the mountaintops. Share it with your friends.
By heeding our manifesto, we will change our worlds indeed. One thought, one day, one dream at a time.
The Late Bloomer’s Revolution needs you! Will you join us?
Ready, set, bloom!
* My apologies to John, Paul, Ringo and George. I couldn’t help myself.
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