I started playing the piano from a very young age...
My husband and I are about to head off to our weekend getaway to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary - can you believe it? It's been ONE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (An amazing wonderful first year at that!)... as we were preparing for our little getaway, we got side-tracked (as we tend to do) in a conversation that was interesting, I thought I'd recap and share it with you.
Arry: Honey, it's so weird... (looking through some old photos)... I'm in my thirties and just starting my "adult" life. There are so many of my peers from high school that already have been married for 10 years, have multiple children, ... I feel like such a late bloomer.
Dae: I'm a late bloomer too, sweetie. Hey, I'm in my forties and I'm just getting started, too (walks over and gives me a kiss.) I got a good theory on this one.
Arry: Oh? Oh please, do tell. I'm ready!
Dae: Well, it's my "delayed maturation theory". Some people, just peak earlier - they're the jocks, the cheerleaders, the cool popular kids in high school that were out dating, partying and drinking when you were probably at home studying, reading books, and practicing the piano for tens of hours. They just mature earlier.
Arry: Yes, I was. All I did was work, study, practice instruments, read.... I never went to a single dance in high school. I didn't have any boyfriends (never got asked out). I was pretty socially awkward when it came to being "cool". I didn't even realize I had sexy parts until I was in my twenties. (hehe) What about you? Did you party in high school?
Dae: Well, yea. I got to do both - party early in life and til later in life (he winks).
Dae: Back to my "delayed maturation theory"... those nerds, the band camp kids, the computer lab nerds, the studious ones like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, .... they grew up later. They are the late bloomers peaking later in life because they are busy studying, going to med school, putting in their 10,000 hours of expertise-building in the early life. The kids that went to undergraduate college, med school, law school "bought" extra time by going to school longer than the early peakers. They have delayed maturation - AND they are the ones poised to change and take over the world.
Arry: Hmmm.... this is good thinking and thanks for the flattery. I suppose that's why our parents may have told us to take our time with dating and getting married. Maybe? Though, I bet my mother didn't intend for me to wait this long (lol). I've actually never thought about this in this way before... I've got to write this up, permission?
Dae: Yea, knock yourself out. You're going to do that right~ now?
Arry: Yup, going into my head-space now.
So there you have it, for now... according to Dae's Delayed Maturation Theory, it seems to be that there are the early peakers, and the delayed peakers. I'm one of those delayed peakers and feeling on track, sorta. Lots of new stuff to come... I'm kind of excited, but mostly scared about it all right now.