A Late Bloomer

It’s the start of winter. The mornings are chillier, and it takes longer to get out of bed and get going for the day. But here in the subtropics winter is not as cold as it could be. I’m a ‘true’ Queenslander – I don’t like the cold weather.

 On my morning walks, I’ve been taking photos of any flowers I can find.  It’s more of a challenge this time of year, but there is still color around if you look.

Frangipani is one of my favourites and the trees at this time of year are usually bare sticks.

But there is one tree on my walk that has a single flower. A late bloomer. Tenaciously hanging on in the colder weather. Out of season. That single flower reminded me of… well me. I’m definitely a late bloomer when it come to this writing gig. (And I’m probably one of the oldest on the photo team at my church – most of the others are in their twenties. Precocious talent that I could only dream about at that age.)

Success Later in Life….

Of course, there are many people in the world who have had success later in life and maybe as a result, it’s appreciated more. A quick search on the internet reveals that: –

Harland Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken at 62

Grandma Moses had her first big break painting at age 78

Dame Judy Dench became famous at age 60

Morgan Freeman had his breakout year at 52

Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book at 65.

Ray Kroc was 59 when he brought the fast-food company from the McDonald brothers in 1961, then built it to what it is today. *

(*some online reports vary slightly in age – but nonetheless – they all found success later in life)

So, I feel I’m in good company. It’s never too late to start on a new project. To chase a new dream or work on an old one.

Another thing…

When I looked at my photos later, I noticed that although initially I thought the flower was on its own – there were actually a couple of other flowers buds alongside as if they were waiting permission for their turn to bloom.

I got so many ‘take-aways’ – that even though you feel like you are the ‘only one’ starting out at this late stage there are those who will be alongside for support.  And that no matter how late in life you are going after new dreams – there will always be others on the sidelines watching what you do. Waiting for their chance and maybe for permission to have their day as well. People you can light the path for and help along the way.

So you see, this late blooming flower gave me much to ponder on as I continued my walk and then on into my day.


  1. You inspire us in so many ways Mrs Alison Young…..that nothing is ever too late ❤❤❤❤

  2. Thanks, Alison. I’m a late bloomer too, Your words were encouraging to read. Also the examples of the company of others we are in. It’s never too late. Blessings G

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