Why saying ‘late bloomer’ is wrong

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Some inspirational stories if you think it might be too late to make a transition to a green job:

Doree Shafrir considers herself to be a late bloomer. She got married at 38, had her first child at 41 and generally sees herself as having been late “to dating, to sex, to marriage, to motherhood, to finding the kind of work I truly like to do, to being comfortable in my own skin”.

While the road hasn’t always been smooth, the Los Angeles-based author, 44, now has gratitude for her journey, along with a new perspective on the milestones she once felt she was missing. “These goals are relatively arbitrary and culturally prescribed,” she says. “I now see that the things I saw as ‘mistakes’ were just another part of my story.”

Shafrir views her memoir, Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer, as a “gentle corrective to the idea that we’re supposed to do things on a schedule”. Yet it’s a notion that’s deeply entrenched. Many of us feel – consciously or otherwise – that our paths should fit into a rigid timeline of professional and personal milestones. We may judge ourselves negatively if we hit these milestones ‘late’, in part because of a societal tendency to venerate youthful achievement. Read the full article on BBC.

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