See Point # 2 for justification for “adventurous living”!
Go for it.
I indulged a whim in mid-life to take up the cello. Long story. My practice has suffered since April/May when I took up treasure hunting.
“Don’t imagine you’ll have it forever. Use it while you’ve got it because it’ll go; it’s sliding away like water down a plug hole.”
So said Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing of creativity. The author of The Golden Notebook, who passed away recently at the age of 94, said this five years ago when describing a creative slump. But as Tara Bahrampour notes in The Washington Post, in many ways creative thinking can stay with you well into your final years, and perhaps even be stronger and more dynamic.
I put forward as Exhibit One the estimable Dr. Francine Toder, author of The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) after Sixty. In her guest post for The Artist’s Road in May, she profiles creatives who started a new creative passion later in life. Francine herself took up the cello at age 70.
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The smart money says play the cello when snow is on the ground and treasure hunt when it isn’t, and enjoy yourself all of the time.
Agreed! I love snow-days.