So do you ever have those days where you feel like your best years are all gone? I’m 27 and to a lot of people that isn’t that old, but to me it’s getting on past my prime. In fact it seems that with every day that goes past there are younger and younger celebrities. You know how they say fifty is the new forty or whatever? Yeah, I’m starting to feel that 27 is the new 87. I feel old, past it and done with. I’m not even sure if this is a mental health thing or whether it’s just a general thing that most people will feel at some point in their lifetime.
I think it’s because I haven’t reached where I wanted to be when I got close to thirty. I thought I’d already have something published, I thought I’d have already achieved some sort of fame and success. Perhaps these were just the innocent boyish dreams of a teenage boy who hadn’t quite seen adulthood and it’s responsibilities yet.
So here is something that I occasionally like to do to make me feel a little bit better. A brief list of well known people who didn’t achieve their huge success until after certain ages.
30 – 40
Hugh Jackman – Was aged 31 when he starred as Wolverine in the X-Men films.
Jon Hamm – Was 36 when he starred in Mad Men.
Sean Connery – Was aged 32 when he starred as James Bond in the Bond franchise.
Oprah Winfrey – Was 32 when her television show went National.
Alan Rickman – Was 32 when he appeared in Die Hard.
40 – 50
Simon Cowell – Didn’t receive mainstream attention until he was 43 and created American Idol.
Vera Wang – Opened her first design studio at the age of 41.
Steve Carrell – Was 43 when he landed his role on the American version of The Office.
Samuel L. Jackson – Was 41 when he appeared in Do The Right Thing.
Julia Child – Was 49 when she published her first cookbook.
50 – 60
Betty White – Was 51 when she appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Morgan Freeman – Was 52 when he appeared in Driving Miss Daisy.
Richard Adams – Was 52 when he published Watership Down
Regis Philbin – Was 57 when Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee was syndicated.
Kathryn Joosten – Was 56 when she began her acting career.
Colonel Sanders – Was 62 when the first KFC was franchised.
Frank McCourt – Was 66 when he published Angela’s Ashes.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – In her 60s when the Little House series was first published.
Daniel Defoe – Was 60 when he wrote Robinson Crusoe.
Dame Judi Dench – Appeared in theatre before but not on screen until her 60s.
(I am still also searching for any well known people or professionals – of various fields (YouTube, Country Music, Gaming, Mental Health) – who would be interested in conducting an interview with me about their lives. Please share).