Today was, without question, a very tough day. There was potential for some very good, life-changing, positive events to happen. But instead there were a lot of tears and setbacks today. And just before I gave in to depression and wallowing, I stumbled on something very unexpected.
A little link about an actor on Facebook lead me to IMDB, which lead me to the profile of an actress, where I read her bio, and learned something fascinating about her. She is, without question, a very successful and talented actress. She is known for a very famous role she played for many years. She accidentally got her first acting job, liked it, and started learning more. Within a year she landed her first major role, and she took off from there.
What surprised me about her was that she didn't begin her acting career until her 30s. (There is no indication that she attempted to either.) She went on to enjoy a twenty-plus career doing something she loved after finding it in her 30s, and found great success at it.
It was an unlikely place for me to find comfort, but it did make me feel better. Lately I have heard myself say, "I'm too old to be doing this," a little too often. I'm too old for such a junior position. I'm too old for a good career transition. I'm too old to be needing so much help from other people. I'm too old to not be able to be more independent. But the story of this actress really gave me new hope tonight.