New Year’s Eve is two weeks from today, and hence the time to make all those pesky New Year resolutions, you know, the ones we make then break, usually within the year’s first quarter: eat more healthily; exercise more; unclutter the office/bedroom/den; spend less money; save more money; be nicer to everyone, including family members.
Then there are the resolutions that involve finally fulfilling life-long dreams: sailing around the world; going on safari; moving to the country; moving to another country; starting a business; writing a book.
Ah, but then we wonder: Could it be too late? Could that particular dream have passed me by? Am I too old?
It’s when those doubts emerge that we are sorely in need of role models, people who did that dream thing, and especially later in life. One of those for the book-writing among us is Penelope Fitzgerald, the Booker Prize-winning British author and subject of the recent biography by Hermione Lee.
Lee’s book, Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, was reviewed recently in the New York Times.
This fact appears early in the review, in the second paragraph: “[Fitzgerald] would be the late bloomer, the great writer who publishes her first book at 58, to become famous at 80.”
And later on: “Already in her 50s, Fitzgerald looked like someone whose life had passed her by, ‘a middle-aged teacher, recovering from a traumatic period of homelessness and deprivation, living in a dreary council estate in South London with a disgraced alcoholic husband in a dismal low-paid job.’”
There’s much more about Fitzgerald’s life that gives great hope to all the dreamers among us. Read on at: