This is a tough number – 55. 30 didn’t bother me at all; neither did 40, for that matter. 50? Can’t say I lost any sleep over that one, either. But 55? Yeesh. Maybe because it represents a speed not to pass; could also be that it’s as close to 70 as it is to 40. Rather than viewing the glass as half – or in the case of a normal lifetime – two thirds full, figured I would do a little reading about some who accomplished great things with their lives after they hit 55. Well, looky here – not too shabby!
George Bernard Shaw – Could not do this list without a writer and Shaw is one of our country’s greatest. He was 60 when he finished the classic “Heartbreak House”.
Elizabeth Jolley – okay, just one more writer. After more than 200 rejection letters, 39 in one year alone, she ultimately published 15 novels and countless short stories.
Ronald Reagan – Believe it or not, Reagan was 55 when he was first elected to public office, as Governor of California. The absolute King of Presidential One Liners, including:
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”
“I never drink coffee at lunch. It keeps me awake in the afternoon.”
Harland Sanders – Picture book American story. Fired from about every job he ever had, failed in business, broke at 60. But, hold on just a sec – sold his first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise when he was 62.
Guess I’ll grab me a bucket and think about what to do before I hit 56.