Sprinkled throughout Ms. Cameron’s book are short inspirational anecdotes and quotes. One I photocopied and glued into my journal was a quick sentence or two about how Henri Rousseau was a tax collector until the age of 49, when he started working on his art full time. Proving: It’s never too late.
I held that idea tightly as I left my office manager job and moved on into a career as a writer and editor at magazines and websites. When I joined The New York Times as an editor on the Metro desk, I swore that I would try to work on a new screenplay on the side.
And along the way, as time passed, hints reinforcing the idea that “it’s never too late” kept popping up.
I read that Gertrude Mokotoff got married when she was 98 years old to a guy she met at the gym.
Bob Long was the chief technology officer of a health care technology company in Boise, Idaho, then retired, and at 70 years old, entered a 1,000-kilometer horse race in Mongolia, and won.
Unexpected pivots, like Keith Rivers, who quit the N.F.L. at 32, moved to Paris and started studying art, were also inspiring to me. He had trained for years to be something most people can only dream of — a professional football player — then pursued a new, different dream.