It's not just the fact that it was her 100th birthday yesterday, or that she was a spy, or that she was responsible for bringing French cuisine to America (and butter, and cream...). It was her conviction to do something greater. She needed to share her passion to live as full of a life as possible, undeterred by social restrictions. It didn't matter that she started her career at 40... Let it serve as inspiration to start whenever!
Julia Child (with knife, in advance of Coq au Vin):