Women of Twitter shared their successes in viral thread
The women of Twitter shared their success stories that happened later in life as a gentle reminder that achieving a big dream doesn’t have an age limit. If you’ve ever browsed the self-help section of a bookstore, then you’ve seen the parade of “success by [age]” titles. But there’s no need to push ourselves to achieve monumental things before we really know what we’re doing just because of an arbitrary number.
Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna felt motivated to share an uplifting message on the social media site on Sunday night. “Nora Ephron was 51 when she directed her 1st movie. Nancy Meyers was 49. Their kids were grown,” her tweet said. “If you’re a woman who writes, acts, edits, ADs, etc. and you’re ready to direct, you’re not too old. I was 47. Tell the people you work with your dream. Put your hand up. Men ask. Ask.”
Nora Ephron was 51 when she directed her 1st movie. Nancy Meyers was 49. Their kids were grown. If you're a women who writes, acts, edits, ADs, etc and you're ready to direct, you're not too old. I was 47. Tell the people you work with your dream. Put your hand up. Men ask. Ask.
— Aline Brosh McKenna (@alinebmckenna) October 22, 2018
In just a few sentences, McKenna penned the best #MondayMotivation post we’ve seen in a long time. If you’re not familiar with the writer, McKenna is best known for her work in The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. So, you know, some of the best movies and shows for women.
By Monday, her original tweet had inspired many more women to share later-in-life success stories, too. Like this awesome mom who knew that it was vital for her and her daughter that she have faith in her writing.
These are important words of encouragement. Thank you! I moved to LA to pursue my writing career in my 40s. My daughter was 7 when we moved. It was critical for me to pursue my dreams but equally necessary to have my daughter see me pursue my dreams — regardless of my age.— Liz Renner (@lizinoma) October 22, 2018
And this jack of all trades shared her most recent success, directing her first film.
Reading through the responses will give you major motivation to tackle that one task you want to do the most. Age is just a number, and it won’t stop you from publishing that book. Just look at Margaret Morgan who tweeted her shared her major accomplishment.
And my first novel was published on my 59th birthday!— Margaret Morgan ✒📚 (@Monocotyledon) October 22, 2018
Same goes for Linda Cosgriff, who has a different type of book coming out soon, too.
Not in your field but I am 55 and my first poetry collection is coming out in a couple of months. #NeverStopTrying— Linda Cosgriff (@laughwife) October 22, 2018
A New York Times columnist even shared the epic reward she earned after 10 years of writing.
I started writing when I was 41. I was 51 when I was offered a column in the New York Times.— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) October 23, 2018
And we loved how director and producer Nancy Jo Sales reminded everyone that even if you find yourself with haters, chances are you’re still going to come out the victor.
Thank you, yes! I was 53 when I directed my first film. No one told me, ok you can do this now. In fact, a lot of ppl were snarky and doubtful. But I just started doing it and kept doing it. And found the best team along the way... Watch Swiped on HBO!— Nancy Jo Sales (@nancyjosales) October 23, 2018
And Cheryl Wood pointed out that even if you’re stuck in a cubicle now doesn’t mean you’ll be there forever.
I’m 44 and just now living my dream of being an international motivational speaker for women after 15 years in a cubicle as a secretary. Spoke in Africa this year and India & London last year. We’re never too old. It’s never too late! #YouDictateTheDreamNotAge— Cheryl Wood (@CherylEmpowers) October 22, 2018
How can you not love the message and the emojis New York Time’s Bestselling Author Souris Hong shared?
I published my first book at 41. My second book at 43. THANK YOU for this thread!— Souris Hong (@souris) October 22, 2018
We love how this mama killed it in her new career in less than a year.
Im 41. Left corporate world set up real estate business. Have two children 8 and 4 and a dog (beagle, cooper 10, plus my darling Bracken who passed) was Estate Agent of the year after ten months. Follow your heart women— Sandy (@sandyjm12) October 22, 2018
A lot of people would be terrified to walk away from the title of CEO, but Jan Moran knew that the next challenge for her was outside of the boardroom.
Thanks for this! CEO at 50, then started over, first novel published at 56, now completing scripts for series/films drawing major attention. Every year is better than the last! Go for your dreams!— Jan Moran (@janmoran) October 22, 2018
Since McKenna is a writer, it isn’t shocking that a lot of the reply tweets were from fellow writers, but the lesson here is universal and involved lots of talented women reminding one another that we’re never to young or old to chase our dreams.