In Praise Of Late Bloomers

Do you ever feel you’ve missed the boat?

That it’s too late to do what you want to do with your life?

That you shoulda, oughta, coulda?

If so, take a bit of inspiration from Paul Valéry.  As a boy, he was an extremely mediocre (his words) student.  He attended college late.  He worked as a sort of secretary for the French Ministry of War for 20 years.  He didn’t become who he was–a writer, poet, and philosopher–until he was nearly 50, when he published what was at the time a popular and acclaimed book of poems, La Jeune Parque

Working Girls favorite Valéry quote: 

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”


Valéry was also famous for his “Notebooks,” a huge intellectual diary.  He worked on it every morning and once said, “Having dedicated those hours to the life of the mind, I thereby earn the right to be stupid the rest of the day.”

Give yourself a break.  Take an entire stupid weekend.  And then on Monday, wake up!

(For an interesting brief bio of Valéry, click here.)

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