I can neither despair nor excuse myself
J.K. Simmons was nearly 40 before he landed his first movie role. Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species at 50. Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at 49. Stan Lee created The Fantastic Four at 39. Cervantes was 58 when he published Don Quixote. Yet, Patrick and John Collison sold their first startup for $5,000,000 as teens. Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein when she was 18. Laura Deming took graduate coursework at 12. Before they “made it”, Cardi B worked as a stripper, Lizzo lived out of a car for 6 months and J.K Rowling was an unemployed single mother on government support.
Surely, there are underwater currents affecting these “success stories”. To mention one: Julia Child comes from a very well-off family and she was American. But the point stands: whatever life stage I am at, I can neither despair nor excuse myself. I can neither discard myself nor allow others to do it. Like J.K.Simmons who spent his pre-cinema years as a theatre actor, I can focus on practicing. So I ask myself: