It's Never Too Late to Become What You Are
On Joyce Wycoff's Good Morning Thinkers blog, she recently expounded upon George Eliot's quote, "It is never too late to become what you might have been."Here's an interesting excerpt, which touches on similar ground discussed in my Take Back Your Crayons post:
"Perhaps the sweetest thing about exploring alternative paths at mid-life is the freedom from world-determined expectations of success. Mid-life artists don't have to cater to the whims of critics or the public, mid-life novelists can joyfully experience an imaginary world without worrying about publication, and mid-life compassion can be shared with one child without feeling responsible for changing the world. We can learn things for the sheer joy of learning, make stuff for the joy of creation and become whatever we want to be without worrying about getting a grade, passing muster or winning an award."
This has got me thinking a lot lately about creating vs. marketing and how the two are indeed different functions that in many ways should remain separate -- but in other ways should happily work together for the benefit of all. I plan to post more thoughts on this next week.
In the meantime, check out Joyce Wycoff's site. In addition to writing and speaking about innovation and creativity, she is an author, poet, photographer and passionate believer in the power of people to change the world.
And we can certainly use more people like her in the world.