Over 50 & Thriving Series

Thriving as a Late Bloomer – it’s never too late

September 6, 2018
Thriving as a late bloomer

I’ve been reading Julia Cameron’s book – ‘It’s Never Too Late’ and I totally agree that with most things in life, it is never too late to make a start.  My guest this week for the Over 50 & Thriving Series, is Kim Duncan from Older Wiser, Money Miser.  I have only recently met Kim who has linked up with us at the #MLSTL link party, but we have much in common including running marathons in our 50s.

As a ‘late bloomer’ myself, in so many areas of my life, I appreciated Kim’s words when I received her contribution.  I love her message that life is not over at 50, but really just beginning.  You can connect with Kim through her links at the end of her post.

Thriving as a late bloomer

“I was a late bloomer. I tried out for the football team, and I got locked off the field. That’s how I wound up in drama.” Dennis Quaid


I can still remember a time when turning 50 was almost like a death sentence! “Over the hill, all dried up, your life is basically OVER! Make way for the youngsters because what you say and do no longer matters.” I’m so glad those days are long gone. I recently completed my 56th trip around the sun and I’m happy to say, while my life has been pretty good up to this point, I’m convinced the best is yet to come!

My recent birthday has gotten me thinking a bit about my life’s accomplishments. If I had asked myself about what I had accomplished with my life 20 years ago I probably would’ve said, “not much!” I did the things most of us do, finished school & got married (not necessarily in that order!), raised my son, got a job and earned a living. But what had I ACCOMPLISHED? I wasn’t really sure.

Fast forward to present day and I can see what I’ve accomplished. My 20s and 30s were pretty much a blur of me just getting by. When I was 42 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We live pretty far from one another and I was sitting at home feeling rather helpless when I got this news. Not long after her diagnosis I saw a commercial for this walk being held to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

60 miles in 3 days!

I signed up immediately, raised the money and started training. Then I trained some more! The people I met along this journey were so inspiring and I made many life long friendships. I became a bit obsessed with it, so I signed up and did the same walk 7 more times and raised well over $15,000!!

When I needed a further challenge I started running at the ripe “old” age of 47,  which lead me to my 50th birthday celebration of running a marathon. THAT was an amazing feat and one that I don’t believe will ever be duplicated.

Kim’s “medal shot” after finishing 26.2 with Donna Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer in Jacksonville, FL in 2013.

At 55 I started my blog and in the short time I’ve been writing it I’ve met some amazing people and learned skills I never dreamed possible.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve started paying more attention to the people around me who have achieved great things relatively late in life. My brother in law published his first novel earlier this year, just a bit after his 60th birthday. He’s had some success with it and is laying the groundwork for writing another.

A high school friend decided early retirement was NOT for her. After a career as an Air Traffic Controller, she decided she wanted to honor her father and train to be an Emergency Medical Technician. She graduated from training a few months ago and is, in her words, living the dream. Another high school friend went back to school after raising her children and she’s now a successful portrait photographer.

I never really thought much about late bloomers until I realized I AM one. I slogged through my 20s and 30s with not much of note to show for it except for raising a fabulous child into an amazing adult. Don’t misunderstand me-I’m incredibly proud of the man my son has become but something was always missing.

Running the marathon at 50 flipped a switch in my head and really opened my eyes to the concept of the late bloomer. I’m so happy to see attitudes about older people have changed enough for society to recognize that we may be a bit older, but we still have contributions to make that are meaningful and relevant. We ROCK!!

The thought used to be, “OMG-I’m turning 50-my life is OVER!!” No, my friends…I may be in my 50s but my life ISN’T over. It’s just getting started!

Be well and God Bless-until we meet again…

Meet Kim

Thriving as a late bloomer I’m a 50-something wife  and a mom to a special needs adult.  I live near Atlanta, GA and am an accounting administrator.

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  • Reply Lori Jo September 6, 2018 at 20:02

    Great post! I relate to all of it for sure. I just turned 58 and also started a blog a whole four months, a good mental challenge. Your post is encouraging, I really enjoyed it, thank you!

    Lori Jo – 50 With Flair

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 7, 2018 at 06:29

      Hi Lori Jo, yes as women Over 50 we have many things in common. I started my blog at 58 and also started running at 50, like Kim. At 55 & 61 I ran full marathons and I’ve never felt more alive. I think our generation rocks! I enjoy your blog and energy, Lori Jo and hope you have a beautiful weekend.

  • Reply suzanne September 6, 2018 at 22:36

    Hi Kim, 50 is pretty far in the rear-view mirror for me, but I can completely relate to setting goals and feeling accomplished during this stage of life. Kudos to you for running a marathon at 50 and for being focused on your future contentment and well-being. Best of luck with your new Blog. I will be following along.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 7, 2018 at 06:31

      Hi Suzanne, yes for me too at 61, 50 has come and gone but it was the time in my life that I really started living. Kim is another of my guests with inspiring and motivating stories plus she runs Marathons too, so I have a running buddy. Have a beautiful weekend, Suzanne and thanks for visiting. xx

  • Reply Mary Lou September 6, 2018 at 22:48

    Indeed! It is just getting started! Loved this post as I remember well feeling turning 50 was a wake-up call. I earned my bachelors degree at 56, I took my first foreign trip at 60 and began watercolor painting and serious writing at 70. So now I ask myself ……’What’s next?’ 😀

  • Reply Donna September 7, 2018 at 00:10

    Hi, Kim – I’m a proud member of the “It’s not too late club”. I completely agree with you — amazing “late blooming accomplishments” are all around us. And it’s not only a current fad. History is full of late-bloomers. Winston Churchill failed high school, spent his entire adult life as a political failure, lost every bid for public office … until he finally became England’s prime minister at the age of 62.
    I am greatly enjoying your blog.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 7, 2018 at 06:38

      Hi Donna, I wear my ‘it’s not too late club, late bloomer’ badges with pride! Yes, I’ve had a full life but I don’t really think I started living and appreciating who I was until after 50. Running marathons surprisingly helped my self-esteem and I suppose it has taken the last 10 years to really develop and appreciate who I am. You know my philosophy on age and to focus on life not the number and this thought pattern has opened my eyes to a wonderful life. I am so inspired by Kim, another marathon runner and also all of my guests in the Over 50 & Thriving Series. Our generation rocks! 🙂

  • Reply Samantha Smith September 7, 2018 at 07:33

    Thank you for introducing me to Donna, Sue. I absolutely love this. This is a wonderful post & gives so much positivity to reaching midlife. Well done Donna for finishing a marathon, I think that’s absolutely fabulous. I’ll certainly be checking out your blog ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 7, 2018 at 08:28

      Hi Sam, I’m loving all of my guests and yes I’m a late bloomer too, so Kim’s post really resonated with me. 🙂

  • Reply Samantha Smith September 7, 2018 at 07:37

    Oh heck sorry Kim I called you Donna ?good grief. ?

  • Reply Kalpana September 7, 2018 at 13:44

    A wonderful post. What a great way to translate your helpless feeling about your mother’s breast cancer – participate in a Walk. I’m a late bloomer too – having spent most of my pre 50 years bringing up my three lovely girls – I’m now working on two novels, I have a 9 to 5 job – a new career as a teacher – and then of course, there’s my blog that allows me to interact with so many lovely people from all over the world.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2018 at 07:36

      Good for you Kalpana you are really rocking the Over 50s and sizzling! Enjoy your weekend x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au September 7, 2018 at 16:30

    I feel the same way Kim — not that I’ve run any marathons, but 50 for me was a wake-up call to the fact that there was a lot of life still to be lived and I could do it on my own terms. I’ve raised two lovely human beings but I’m not answerable to/for them any longer – just me and my lovely husband (and two cats). So I have lots of time to figure what I love and to get on with doing it – blogging was one of the loveliest of discoveries so far!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2018 at 07:35

      I’m with you Leanne, since turning 50 life certainly changed for the better. Starting the blog proved to me I could be creative and help other women plus I also have met wonderful women like you who are on the same page! xx

  • Reply Debbie September 7, 2018 at 20:46

    Great to meet Kim here on your blog Sue! I too am a late bloomer and can relate with much of what Kim says. Well done and nice to meet you here.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2018 at 07:34

      Hi Deb, I’m a late bloomer too! We prove that is doesn’t matter when you bloom as long as you do. Enjoy your weekend x

  • Reply Candi Randolph September 7, 2018 at 20:52

    Very inspiring and a wonderful example of how life in your 50’s and beyond is just as exciting, fulfilling and rewarding as any other time in life, perhaps more. Our mindset makes all the difference! Thanks Sue and Kim!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2018 at 07:33

      I feel we are all inspiring women Candi. The more I get to know women like Kim and yourself, the more I realise what a fabulous group we are. It is never too late and since turning 50 I’ve never felt better. Glad you enjoyed Kim’s post and have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply cathi September 7, 2018 at 22:14

    This post was inspiring. I’m in my sixties and transitioning from one aspect of my career to another. Sometimes I’m discouraged, other times elated. In any case, I’m glad I’m on this late bloomer journey.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2018 at 07:32

      Hi Cathi, I’m a late bloomer too but it is never too late, is it? Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb September 8, 2018 at 10:55

    Great post Kim! I’ve often thought about doing the 3-day Breast Cancer walk but it just hasn’t panned out yet. Maybe one day. While I’m just about to turn 55, I do not feel that I bloomed late – I did some fabulous things in my early days. That said, I do feel like I’m on the cusp of my ‘next’ thing. I’m not over yet! Thanks for an encouraging read!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 11, 2018 at 07:35

      You are certainly ‘not over yet’ Janet and whilst I feel I’m a late bloomer something happened at 50 for me where I also knew I was on the cusp of something special. The last 11 years have seen me develop in self-confidence and I feel I am blooming. x

  • Reply Pat September 9, 2018 at 01:55

    Hi Kim, I’ve always considered myself a late bloomer. I didn’t get a drivers’s license until I was 18 (16 is normal); I didn’t date much until after college (still trying to work that one out in my head); I married after age 30. The only thing I did earlier than most is retire. I retired early at 53 because I had a good friend who was also my boss & who realized I would never start learning how to live if I kept working. I was a workaholic – I lived and breathed work. He “forced me to retire” by eliminating my job ( he knew my finances were OK for this to happen). I’ve thanked him a few times for this push! I’m still figuring out how to live life, one day at a time. Talk about being a late bloomer!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 11, 2018 at 07:32

      There is nothing wrong with being a ‘late bloomer’, Pat. Many of my readers have suggested they are too so we aren’t alone! At least we bloomed 🙂

  • Reply Victoria September 9, 2018 at 08:48

    I don’t believe I am a bloomer late or otherwise. lol I have no real goals or hobbies but am quite content living my life in peace and calm. I love to read where others in midlife starting running, writing, painting whatever and I think good for them but I have no real desire to start something new. Who knows all that could change next week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 11, 2018 at 07:37

      I love your attitude, Victoria. You are proudly saying that you are ‘enough’, you are contented and living the life you want. That is something so special that many of us yearn for. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that sometimes we can just ‘be’ and life is still wonderful. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Leslie Clingan September 10, 2018 at 11:45

    Well said! That adage that age is just a number is so true. I am probably more active now than ever before. At 60! Thanks for encouraging all of us late bloomers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 11, 2018 at 07:51

      You are Sizzling, Leslie and looking great. What is your secret? xx

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