Personal Development - Rebloom this Spring!
I try to be as in-tune with nature as someone who lives surrounded by pavement and skyscrapers can be. So during my morning walks, I become downright giddy when I see the first early buds peeking through my neighbors' postage-stamp-size gardens. As the season wears on, I start to wonder about what happens to those first blooming plants. By the time all the other flowers have caught up to them, they're shriveled and brown and nearly unrecognizable as those first, feisty harbingers of springtime.
I've always been fascinated by the notion of early bloomers as compared to late bloomers – not physically, but emotionally and in personal development. Some people start early and enjoy a meteoric ascent, while others take the slow burn until they find themselves. Personally, I've always been precocious. I spoke early – and several languages at that. I started babysitting and working weekend jobs while still in elementary school to fund my questionable fashion splurges. I enjoyed a series of successful careers while my friends were still trying to figure out their college majors. More recently though, my life has come to something of a screeching halt. Over the past few years, life threw me a series of particularly cruel curveballs, and for all intents and purposes I'm starting from scratch again. So am I an early bloomer or am I now a late bloomer? These days, I prefer to think of myself as a rebloomer.
In his book Late Bloomers, Brendan Gill offers portraits of 75 famous people ranging from artist Edward Hopper to James Bond creator Ian Fleming who found astounding success in the second half of their lives. But there doesn't have to be a specific age-related epiphany or right time to bloom to start again or start over better. Sure spring is a great time to pay attention to all the green things bursting forth, but it's also an amazing time to choose to rebloom at whatever age or stage you find yourself.