You’ll see a lot of stories here on BoomerCafé about baby boomers discovering new talents relatively late in their lives. Author Margaret Lynette Sharp of Sydney, Australia is doing it all at once. What she proves is, it’s never too late.
I’m best described as a late bloomer. Milestones that others achieved early on have come my way later in life. Whether we’re talking marriage, career, or other interests, they all have one thing in common: their late arrival in my life.
There’s a song made popular by Vanessa Williams — herself only a year too young to be a baby boomer herself– that talks about saving the best till last, and I’m a living example of this.
The two great activities that have kept me active and involved are writing and swimming.
After a break of several decades, I took up creative writing, finding my way as an author. With the encouragement of my husband Ron, whose own accomplishment was creating the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, I set to work almost five years ago and brought 25 Stories of Life and Love in Australia into being. Fast forward, and in June this year I published my thirteenth title: Sisters and Rivals. It’s a sweet romance set in my home town of Sydney during the 1950s. So far, it has earned six very enthusiastic reviews on Amazon, mostly by respected Goodreads moderators and members. In between, I was awarded a literary prize at the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
Swimming has been a cornerstone of my life for over three decades, though the part it played in my youth was insignificant. During these past decades though, I’ve competed in almost every race at our local club, and last year I came second in the Ladies Pointscore (out of thirty competitors of all ages). My athletic prowess was tested in events ranging from fifty meters to one kilometer — often three races on the one day. Phew!
Then, a year ago, I decided to learn to drive a car, which for a variety of reasons when I was younger— family, financial— was something that I’d never before attempted. I’m still learning, but I’m well on the way to getting my license.
The moral is of all this is, it’s never too late!