Writer, Elizabeth Gilbert, has encouraging words for people who come to writing later in life. She says:
“Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where — if you missed it by age 19 — you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world — at any age. At least try.”
I can second that. I didn’t start writing until I was turning 40. I was a psychotherapist with a full private practice and had the realization that if I died at that moment, a lot of people might come to my funeral, but I would die having never done what I really wanted and needed to do, which was to write.
I agree that it’s never too late to claim your “voice,” in whatever arena you feel you have things to say. It doesn’t matter if you’re a late bloomer, as long as you bloom!