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A Centenarian’s Journey: Lessons in Resilience and Creativity from Babette Hughes

A man holding a sign that says "Live your life on Purpose!"

Recently, I had the pleasure of listening to an interview that left me profoundly moved. It was an episode of the Alchemy for Authors podcast, hosted by Jo Buer, featuring centenarian author, Babette Hughes.

Yes, you read that right—centenarian. At 101 years old, Babette has lived through more than a century of history, challenges, and transformations.

She didn’t publish her first book until she was in her 80s, and since then, she hasn’t looked back. Her story is one of resilience, creativity, and an unyielding zest for life, and I felt compelled to share it with you all, even though it deviates from my usual topics.

Babette’s life has been nothing short of extraordinary. Her father was murdered by the mafia when she was just two years old, a tragedy that set the stage for a life filled with both profound hardship and remarkable strength.

She lived through the Great Depression, a period that tested the fortitude of millions. Despite these adversities, or perhaps because of them, Babette emerged with a resilience that is as inspiring as it is rare.

Listening to her speak, I was struck by her determination to challenge societal notions about aging. In a culture that often views getting older as a decline, Babette stands as a powerful counterexample.

Her journey into authorship began in her 80s—a time when many consider slowing down. Instead, she embraced a new chapter of creativity and productivity, proving that it’s never too late to pursue one’s passions.

Sign that reads "Go up and never Stop!"

What makes Babette’s story even more compelling is her current battle with Macular Degeneration, a condition that is causing her to lose her sight. Yet, even in the face of this daunting challenge, she remains unwavering in her commitment to make every day meaningful and beautiful.

Her ability to find purpose and joy amidst adversity is a testament to her indomitable spirit.

For anyone in need of inspiration—not just in writing, but in living—I cannot recommend enough listening to her interview with Jo Buer. Babette’s insights go beyond the craft of writing; they touch on the essence of what it means to live a full, vibrant life regardless of age.

She reminds us that our capacity for growth and creativity doesn’t diminish with time; if anything, it can flourish in the most unexpected ways.

Her story brought me close to tears, something that doesn’t happen easily. It’s a poignant reminder that no matter what life throws at us, there is always the potential to transform our experiences into something beautiful and meaningful.

Babette Hughes is a beacon of hope and a living proof that it’s never too late to start something new. Her story is a powerful testament to the human spirit’s ability to persevere, create, and inspire—no matter the age.

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