Even Late Bloomers Can Flourish

It’s easy to slip into roles that are assigned to us by other people. It’s less complicated to live the life that’s expected of us rather than fight for the one that we really want. It’s often simpler to fit in and follow others even though we might want to break free and lead our lives our way.

The easy, less complicated, and simpler options are not the right ones if we haven’t chosen them for ourselves. We only get one life to live and it’s up to each and every one of us to make the most of it. Yes, that includes you. You deserve to be happy and create the life you want, not the life other people think you should be living. If you don’t currently know what you want, there’s no time like the present to start figuring it out.

Do You Know What You Really Want?

I was a late bloomer in terms of finding out what I wanted to do with my life. What I’ve discovered since is that I wasn’t the only one. There are many late bloomers out there. There are also people who thought they knew what they wanted but now they’re not so sure anymore. I’ve spoken to people from the ages of 18 to 80 about this topic. It turns out that many people go down a certain path for many years quite happily… until they’re not happy with the direction they’re going. Suddenly, they want something different. But what exactly that “something” might be can be hard to figure out.

So, let me ask you again, do you know what you really want?

Ask yourself these two questions:

1. What Do I Enjoy?

The first step to finding out what you want is asking yourself what you enjoy.

What do you like doing? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work?

Maybe you enjoy writing like me. Maybe you love working with animals. Or maybe you have a knack for photography. The point is to figure out what you love to do, and then do more of it in your free time.

2. What Do I NOT Enjoy?

What don’t you like doing? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings and you’re forced to sit through six hours of them every day. Maybe you dislike your boss. Or maybe you used to enjoy your job but now it bores you.

Be honest. Pretending that you enjoy something you actually hate is a hard act to keep up long-term. It’s exhausting. And lying to yourself won’t get you any closer to finding out what you really want.

If you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads us to one more question:

How Hard Am I Willing To Work To Get What I Want?

Unless you have a fairy godmother or a genie in a bottle stashed in your back pocket, getting what you want isn’t easy. It’s going to take commitment and hard work. Lots of hard work. You will probably have to step out of your comfort zone. But as the saying goes, “No guts, no glory.”

It’s Never Too Late.

Even late bloomers can flourish. If you’re not satisfied with the direction you’re going in, it’s never too late to change course. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it’s too late. And remember that knowing what you want is the first step towards getting it… then you just have to keep going, one step at the time.

My Famous Last Words 😉 

Your life is your story. Don’t let anyone else write it for you.

That’s all from me for now. I wish all of you a great day!

– Altea


10 thoughts on “Even Late Bloomers Can Flourish

  1. How true! Loads of people are living lives forced upon them by other people (like becoming a doctor / lawyer / etc just because their parents want them to be). I’m a late bloomer too, but probably not in a usual way; I’m just so interested in loads of stuff that I can’t just pick one as a passion to fuel my life! So I work in a job that’s pretty all right for me, and I spend the rest of my time doing whatever I fancy. So far I’m feeling pretty fulfilled. 😀

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    1. I felt the same, like a loser for not doing/achieving what everyone else was doing/achieving. It took me a long time to figure out that I could only stop feeling like a failure once I defined my own vision of success, and not follow someone else’s.

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  2. My story is a little different. I had to support myself just after high school, so I ended up working jobs that paid the bills more than fulfilled any passions. Once you start down that path, it’s hard to get off of it. I was/am also the type that never really knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. I have a degree in writing, but quickly learned I did not want to pursue journalism or the like. I am envious of those that are driven and have always been that way or those that figured out how to make their passions pay the bills. I don’t hate my day job, but it is not my love. I squeeze my joy (writing) in when I can and dream of the day it fills more of my days. I know I am blessed in so many other ways, that I can be patient, as long as I am persistent. Good luck in your quest too! 🙂 Better late than never is SO true.


    1. I also envy those who can make their passions pay the bills. I haven’t figured out how to do that. For a long time, that was what kept me from pursuing my passion (once I found it). It wouldn’t pay the bills, so why bother? These days, I have a somewhat different perspective. I’m not where I want to be at this stage in my life, but I’m working on it.

      Good luck to you too!


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