The Good News About It's Never Too Late

When people ask me what I’m up to lately, I notice that I find myself almost blushing and stuttering when I say that I am pursuing a music career. It sounds so pie in the sky, and I can read the slightly condescending, “Oh that’s nice, honey – but this is the real world” look on their faces. Doesn’t everyone want to make a go of it? What’s so special about you? I don’t know if this is actually what people are thinking or my own accusing doubts, but I feel painfully foolish at times. That said, there is a positive side to getting to your passions a little later in life (which I was going to cover in the last post, but decided it would be part ii on this topic).

For there is, in fact, some good news about the late bloomer syndrome. You see, what would have absolutely sidelined me in my twenties is now just a bit of discomfort. For one of the great things about getting older is that other people’s opinions have less power over me than they once did. At this point, I am determined to grow into my authentic self, and I have struggled, waited, and suffered far too much to let something little like what people think get in the way. Ultimately, I have to live with myself and my decisions, and so I’ve got to pursue my passions and just see where they take me. Sure, it may fly in the face of popular opinion, but if I’ve learned one thing, it is that I have to listen to my own intuition. That’s the only way I can see to get from a miserable existence of doing what everyone expects me to do to a life that I choose, create and love.

And so fellow late bloomers and wayfarers, there are many advantages to coming to this late in the game. We’ve waited so long to stumble upon our passions, that we will be less likely to blow it all up when we find success. We are more grounded and well rounded than we were a few years back. We have had time to develop ourselves and our personal lives. Yes, we may be new to this scene, but we do not come empty handed. We bring the value of all of our hard work and struggle, our varied experiences and learnings, and our successes and failures. We don't bring youthful arrogance; life has humbled us and we are infinitely more grateful for the blessings that do finally come our way. And most likely, our contribution will be much deeper and focused now than if we had come to this earlier in life.

For me, I know that I wouldn’t be making this particular album without the discovery, growth, and hardship that I have experienced over the past few years, and I am truly grateful to be coming upon this now. I know the timing is right. But it wasn’t and still isn’t easy to wrestle with desire and not to despair. So when our hopes, goals, and dreams are taking longer than expected, we shouldn’t discount the present – trusting that we will acquire the wisdom and experience to achieve the goals and dreams that perhaps we cannot even imagine today.


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  • jeff greer
    jeff greer
    nice post Jess!!! thank you for you words and wisdom... I'm in that same boat and it's nice to hear that I'm not alone! here's to persuing our passions!

    nice post Jess!!! thank you for you words and wisdom... I'm in that same boat and it's nice to hear that I'm not alone! here's to persuing our passions!

  • Bill Faris
    Bill Faris
    I remember seeing Lone Justice opening for U2 a long time ago. LJ was led by a teenaged Maria McKee and they just EXPLODED on the stage. Electrifying. Later, the band disintegrated and, for the most part, so did Maria's promising career as a big star. She says that it was a case of "too much too soon". So, Jessica, here's to that old line from the commercial that promises that "we will serve no wine before it's time." Rock on!

    I remember seeing Lone Justice opening for U2 a long time ago. LJ was led by a teenaged Maria McKee and they just EXPLODED on the stage. Electrifying. Later, the band disintegrated and, for the most part, so did Maria's promising career as a big star. She says that it was a case of "too much too soon". So, Jessica, here's to that old line from the commercial that promises that "we will serve no wine before it's time." Rock on!

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