When it’s time to celebrate business leaders, entrepreneurs, change-makers and industry experts, the spotlight has always shone on young people.
News media is typically inundated with stories honoring 20 under 20 and 30 under 30 in varying fields. 20 under 20 meaning, 20 achievers under the age of 20 and 30 achievers under age 30.
These award schemes and ratings holds some good value to these young people, some of whom with little or no support go out of their way to excel in business, health, leadership among others.
Acknowledging them in this fashion do not only build their confidence and inspire them to do more- It throw lights on them and further exposes them to the global community which in turn rakes in huge partnerships, funds and capital to expand their scope.
But have we for a second thought of people who become highly successful in their middle-age or old age?
Must you only be celebrated when you score an achievement or make a major move before or by age 30?
No! We all set of in life with higher hopes of attaining major milestones before 30 but when these dreams do not materialize at our expected time, perhaps through no fault of ours, we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves because it’s never too late to set up a new goal or adventure and success is not time bound.
We can re strategize and come back bigger, and while at it achieve goals and break boundaries.
When that finally happens, it’s absolutely right to celebrate ourselves or for us to be celebrated age regardless.
The elementary school teacher who set up a yoga club by 50 should be honored.
The nurse who launched a comedy career in his forties deserves commendation.
The mother of 4 who only got her first Degree by age 50 when her last born was already out of college deserves all the praise.
Success is not time bound, it’s a direct product of pragmatic planning, determination and resilience to achieve and when it happens at a time most deem late, it deserves all the commendation and attention it needs.
So when TV writer and producer Melissa Hunter not long ago asked people to share their middle-age success stories, it resonated across the world moving people to share inspiring stories. This move easily brings to mind thousands of middle-aged/ old people whose work over the years has touched lives but gone unnoticed because it happened after their ‘prime’ age.
Melissa Hunter’s call spearheaded a slew of beautiful stories from many.
Like the 54 year old grand mom who published her first book in January this year (2020)
The man in his sixties setting up his first exhibition
The 65 year old woman who is setting out as a painter
The 54 year old man who just opened a bar
The woman who launched his full length book at 45 and starting law school at 47.
The Ghanaian woman who established a decor shop at age 61 upon retirement garnered huge following on social media some few months back.
All these are but a few of such stories: stories strung with hope and resilience, stories crafted with tears and laughs, stories of purpose and determination, and in all these, one thing deeply etched in our minds is that success is neither time nor age bound and should be acknowledged at all cost, regardless.