(JoAnn Smith Ainsworth became a published author in retirement.)
It's never too late to follow your dream. You can start now.
I'm an example that you can reach a goal at any age. The key is to stay
When I said you can follow your dream, I didn't say it would be a breeze. You
have to work at it and learn patience. Sometimes, it takes awhile. Just keep
moving doggedly toward your goal.
Expect naysayers, but don’t be dragged down by them. It’s your life. No one else can fully understand what drives you or what’s important to you. Be willing to get up each time you’re knocked to your knees. Those days will happen. You have to live through them to arrive at your goal.
What goals do you have for your golden years? Here’s mine.
As I approached being a senior citizen in good health, I decided to supplement Social Security by being an author. It made sense. I had a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters in Teaching English and my M.B.A. studies in business. Writing could be done at home. No one would care how old I was as long as I produced exciting stories.
What I didn't realize was how hard it is to write a good novel. I had to put
myself back in school (online) to learn pacing, character development, dialog
and conflict/motivation as they relate to today's novel.
Over the years, I learned a lot about “life” that brings depth to the story
characters and a deeper understanding of character motivation. You’ll bring your
own special talents to your goals. Your unique life experiences will make them
You may find, like me, that your goal becomes all consuming. Writing has
become a passion. When I take my last breath, I want to be at a keyboard
finishing a novel and typing the words THE END.
May you find that passion and follow your dream wherever it leads.