Creating And Innovating At Any Age


Hi Friends!!

I mentioned in a prior post that I had started doing some simple sketching of cartoon-like people and animals, followed by taking an online painting class a few months ago. Both of these started out with simple instructions frequently meant to teach children, and then led to a little more advanced class to paint and create mixed media girl (I am almost done with my very first one – see the featured painting), and am REALLY enjoying doing it!!

Why am I bringing all this up?

Because of how it all happened. It was by way of some reborn interest to pursue things I enjoyed as a child. Things that I was never really supported in pursuing by my parents, and, as I became an adult, I let a busy life and many responsibilities, etc take over, letting more creative interests mostly fall by the wayside.

However, due to my own initiative, desire for more balance, joy, health and happiness as well as some powerful, loving support and encouragement from Musepa (along with some supportive words from Mami), I have been doing it!

This experience also prompted me to be curious about other people accomplishing things and making changes later in life. Which is how I stumbled upon the following info and ages that some people throughout history have done interesting things. Check it out and see what you think. They range from age 1 (that’s right, One Year Old!!) to age 100! (you can view the whole list and article here)


  • At age 1, Christian Friedrich Heinecken, the legendary child prodigy, had read the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible).
  • At 2, speed skater Bonnie Blair began skating. She would go on to win five Olympic gold medals.
  • At 3, Wolfgang Mozart taught himself to play the harpsichord.
  • At 5, Yo-Yo Ma, world-famous cellist, began playing “Suites for Unaccompanied Cello” before bed each evening.
  • At 20, Charles Lindbergh learned to fly.
  • At 21, Thomas Edison created his first invention, an electric vote recorder.
  • At 23, English poet Jane Taylor wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
  • At 28, Jamaican reggae composer/performer Bob Marley recorded “I Shot the Sheriff.”
  • At 29, Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first complete sentence by telephone.
  • At 47, Kent Couch attached 105 helium balloons to a lawn chair and flew 193 miles.
  • At 55, Pablo Picasso completed his masterpiece, “Guernica.”
  • At 57, Frank Dobesh competed in his first 100-mile bicycle ride — exactly 10 years after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
  • At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, “Lord of the Rings.”
  • At 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese schoolteacher, became the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.
  • At 72, Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world.
  • At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.
  • At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.
  • At 80, Christine Brown of Laguna Hills, CA, flew to China and climbed the Great Wall.
  • At 82, William Ivy Baldwin became the oldest tightrope walker, crossing the South Boulder Canyon in Colorado on a 320-foot wire.
  • At 91, Allan Stewart of New South Wales completed a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New England.
  • At 92, Paul Spangler finished his 14th marathon.
  • At 95, Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma.
  • At 99, Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji.
  • At 100, Frank Schearer seems to be the oldest active water skier in the world.

It seems pretty amazing things can be accomplished at any age or time in your life. And, as a parent of grown children, as well as looking back on my own  life, it seems the encouragement, love and support of your parents can be critical in the development of pursuing what you love, are interested in and brings you joy. Not just when you are a child, but throughout your entire life.

I would like to plant the seed in all of you to get curious about the world and life. Do things that bring you joy and happiness and notice, appreciate, encourage, support and enjoy what brings your children joy. Life and the world will be a better place for it.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

What things bring you great joy?  Do you do them on a regular basis?  Do you have a story about yourself or a family member who has done something you find amazing?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!


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