Gone are the days when the elderly were simply relegated to knitting and completing puzzles with oversized pieces. This is a day and age when everybody is more empowered to follow their passions and live their dreams- and that doesn’t stop with the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Simply put, it seems that it’s never too late to make big things happen.
Drop the crochet, your day is today!
Lynn Ruth Miller is an 86 year-old comedian with a wicked sense of humor.
In an interview with Freeda, Lynn goes through her history, both the traumas and the inspirations to give us some insight into her journey with comedy, and her incredible resilience as a person.
“The nice thing about dating at my age is you don’t have to worry about meeting their parents.”
-That’s one of Lynn’s snappy, self aware and hilarious jokes. As you can tell, she’s a comedian who isn’t afraid to draw the audiences attention to the obvious, that she’s a little bit different to most comedians you see on stage in one key factor… she’s a tad older than most, but with a fire behind her eyes that would leave the mic scorched.
It seems the kindling of her fire came from the joy of discovering comedy.
Before Lynn could do that however, she’s seen some hard times, and some tough relationships to live with. Feeling like a failure in her mother’s eyes, Miller reveals that she could never live up to the expectations thrust on women of the era.
This had a pretty nasty effect of Lynn’s sense of self worth.
Being told that you’ don’t know how to wear clothes and never seeming pretty in your mother’s eyes can be pretty traumatic when that’s a major form of validation in that time.
But this was all key in forming Lynn’s personality.
Lynn Ruth Miller always felt like she didn’t fit in, that she was a self-proclaimed failure. Now however, she seems to have embraced what makes her unique and trusting her one-of-a-kind personality.
“What is wrong with being different? When I was young it was the worst thing you can be.”
If she didn’t have enough to overcome, Lynn’s challenges were not so limited.
She overcame issues that affected her health. But it seems she found some hope, and not just in comedy.
“I’m alive now because I got a dog, otherwise I would be dead”
It seems that Lynn’s happiness and her comedy go hand in hand.
She’s lived alone since she was 25, but says that comedy is what made her a person, beginning at the age of 70. Finding her breakthrough, she defeats loneliness by staying busy, loving her pets and doing things or herself rather than for others. She looks after herself, and values her own happiness.
“I think loneliness is a pernicious malady in this society and I think it’s heartbreaking. “
Lynn Ruth Miller has proven that it’s literally never too late to find your calling.
Even though she started so late in life, she has now received wide recognition, having even made the top 100 on Britain’s Got Talent.
“People think that life stops when they retire and it does not. I can, it’s your choice. That’s the thing that people don’t realize. They have a choice.”
Watch the full video below to watch Lynn’s interview and some of her top-notch routine.
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"People look at me as a doddering old woman, and I don't feel that way" — We meet the 86-year-old comedian Lynn Ruth Miller, who started her career in stand-up at age 71
Posted by Freeda En on Wednesday, July 15, 2020