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I missed my chance at life

Written by JoyPhoenix

Dear JOY. My wish was always to be a registered nurse, but about the time it was going to happen I fell in love and started a family and you know how that all goes. Anyway now my children are grown and I have more time on my hands but I’m afraid it is too late, even if I started now I’d be almost 60 by the time I got my accreditation. I feel like an important part of my life was missed out.   Laurie

Dear Laurie: The Chinese say, “The best time to plant a tree was always 20 years ago. The second best time is always today.”
Planting trees and taking action on the life of your dreams are the same. It’s never too late for anything, just start!

At 60 Ann Roberts retired from 30 years of driving an 18-wheeler, changed jobs to tax preparer and also sales rep for a tractor/bush hog company. She square dances evenings and weekends. She is a grandmother of 4 and is still working.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s first book, Little House in the Big Woods came out when she was 65. It was the first of her 8-volume Little House series.

Colonel Sanders – Didn’t franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken until he was 65.

Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest at 71.

At 72 Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world.

At 75 cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became the first black woman to reach the north pole.

Grandma Moses sold her first painting when she was almost 80

At 88 Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Claude Pepper was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives when he was 88.

At 95 Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma, a degree in general studies with an emphasis on history.

At 96 Harry Bernstein published his first book, “The Invisible Wall,” which recounted his childhood in an English mill town. He started writing it at 93 as a way to deal with the loss of his wife of almost 70 years.

At age 99 Harold Mark Foster of Owensboro, KY, began learning to read, and Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji.

Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book, Portrait of My Victorian Youth, when she was 102 years old.

Laurie it boils down to this: In a few years you will be 60, a veritable youngster. The only question you need to be asking now is “will I be a registered nurse then or not?”

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