Late Bloomers

Definition: A Late Bloomer is a person who achieves proficiency in some skill or field later than is to be “expected”.

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Sun Flowers bloom late in Summer

I would consider myself a late bloomer because I started teaching in my forties. It took me a while to settle on a career, and I was very happy teaching. I tried teaching about 8 years earlier, but was not comfortable teaching then. We live in a country where you are “expected” to know your strengths and then go out and begin in your field at the end of college or in our twenties. When I was in college, I thought I wanted to be a business woman!

“I’ll tell you, there is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer. I believe that success can happen at any age.”   – Salma Hayek

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Late in summer blooming pea plant

In our obsession with youth in this country, people who are late bloomers are sometimes looked down on, which I think is foolish. Being a late bloomer is not a new phenomenon.

Here is a website with some of the late bloomers in history:

fundersandfounders.com/latebloomers-people-who-succeeded/

black-eyed susans

Late blooming Black-eyed Susans

“I’m such a late bloomer.”  – Ang Lee (Director)

What is great to find out from brain science is the plasticity of the human brain. We humans can continue to learn through out our lifetimes. Since we live longer, we could have several passions in our lifetimes. Thus, we could even be late bloomers in more than one field!

This article from Psychology Today discusses the brain’s plasticity.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/iage/…/brain-plasticity/

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late blooming Crepe Myrtle

As all these flowers bloom in the latter part of summer, they add their magic to where we live. I am very grateful for these late blooming flowers, as I am for all humans who are late bloomers.

Here’s to all the world’s late bloomers!

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Another late blooming Sun Flower

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Collective Denial

I have spoken of my own personal denial before. It helped me get through my younger years.  It has not served me well as an adult. When I moved out West two years ago, one of my new refrigerator magnets that I bought is:

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self explanatory

Instead of writing about my personal denial, I am going to bring up something about collective denial. It amazes me that some people still deny Global Warming. This year where I live it was the hottest July on record! It has also been extremely dry.  Here is what some of the trees look like in a park close to where I live.

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Distressed tree

This is NOT a fall photo; this damage is from high temperatures this summer and no or very low rainfall.

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Distressed tree (close up)

Imagine if trees gave off Wifi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.”    – Unknown

More distressed trees:

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Another distressed tree

I’m sure you noticed, too, that these are grown trees, not tiny saplings.

“Humans are the only creature in this world who cut the trees, made paper from it and then wrote “Save Trees” on it.”  –  Unknown

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Distressed pine tree

These trees are in a well established park that relies on rain water. Last summer the trees did NOT look like this.

If you want to read something about the importance of  of trees in stemming climate change, check this out.

https://www.arborday.org/globalwarming/treeshelp.cfm

Of course, Global Warming is effecting more than trees, and these effects on trees are coming from our changing global climate. I’m sure many of you reading this blog may have similar concerns to my own. I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut on this one. This is a BIG one for ALL of US and requires some changed behavior from all of us and requires us to work together for or at least towards viable, life sustaining solutions. Where I live, many people walk and ride bicycles. If I ride a bike, I have to buy a special kind of bike. Part of my new personal plan may be to drive less, and try to ride a bike more.
From NPR is this story from July 19th about Los Angeles.

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/19/424341975/as-california-drought-wears-on-la-starts-to-lose-its-trees

 

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Caring and Kindness

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warning about plant on a trail

When I found this note already on a plant on a trail, I thought it was an act of caring and kindness towards all people who would be walking that trail. This is the kind of caring behavior we humans are capable of displaying. When I see thoughtful actions such as this, I have hope for all of us and the whole planet.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s  all who ever have.”  – Margaret Mead

 

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Elementary School

For me as a former teacher, this is a place where caring for the next generation of children needs to take place. I have the good fortune to volunteer for a reading program and experience the privilege it is to help the next generation of children. At this school I have seen in action children who are being well taken care of.  However, I have lived in other states where teachers are ridiculously underpaid for the work they do. In those states, who cares about the teachers, so that the next generation can learn and be well cared for?

 

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Sign to save Bees

I love bees. They are so important to our growing food because they pollinate so many things we eat. To me this is sign reminds me about protecting and caring about all animals and insects. We need all of what we have on this planet. Truthfully, I’m still not a fan of house flies, roaches, or poisonous spiders, but these are all part of my world.

 

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cared for walkway

Where I live there are many great places to take walks. This walkway was so well cared for and leads to another trail which is along the river where I live. This kind of care of providing lovely places to walk for everyone, feeds my heart and soul with gratitude and reconnects me with my surroundings.

I found this touching story about caring.

https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/…/a-beautiful-story-of-caring-and-compassion/

This quote from Harvey Fierstein said it all for me. However, I added one sentence to it.

“I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.”  – Harvey Fierstein

My final sentence is: “And I do believe in taking care of myself.”

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Residue and Delusion

Each of us has a family history and life history. I have had and am working to make peace and gain acceptance of my life history. For years I thought I had taken care of parts of my past, but I deluded myself. I have learned I can fool my mind, but my body and heart know better. There is residue in my body that is real.

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residue of ice after frost

Just like the residue of the ice after a frost, recently I have found out I had stored my past history in my cells when I let go of some of that past. Doing that deep healing required me to be humble and willing and ask for help from others and my source. I was unable to do it alone.

“Part of the healing process is sharing with people who care.” – Jerry Cantrell, singer (Alice in Chains)

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residue of rain after a storm

The process of letting go of that residue of old stuff surprised me. I believed I had already “put it to bed” and forgiven that part of my past. My own brain is very so good at deluding me, so much so that I wasn’t even aware of what I did NOT know it was still in my own body!

This is a documentary that I love about our human family. Check it out. It explains some  about the science of behind healing that old residue. www.iamthedoc.com/thefilm/

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residue of moss on tree from when it used to rain more

This moss is left from a time when it rained much more in the past. Now it is drier and hotter where I live.  It is a little like me when I was less aware.

old leaves on tree

old leaves hanging on with death grip

Once I started accepting that old residue, I have shifted myself and am becoming more compassionate towards myself and others. That past and its residue has helped me to understand myself better. The residue did not disappear. However, many of those memories don’t carry as much anger or resentment with them any more. I am lighter and happier much of the time because I am not holding onto that residue like a victim with a death grip, like these leaves on the tree.

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”  – Tori Amos, singer

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