It is always too early to decide that it’s too late.” -Unknown
I remember reading the above quote on the Facebook page of one of my favorite blogs, and ever since then, I cannot stop thinking about it.
In life, it is far too common for people to believe deeply in the myth of “too late.” Maybe you’ve believed in it too. I know that I used to believe in it at one time.
Be honest with yourself, have you ever said or thought any of the following things?
It’s too late to completely change careers.
It’s too late to start a new diet and/or exercise program.
It’s too late to fix my credit.
It’s too late to get a college degree.
It’s too late to tell (insert person here) that I’m sorry.
It’s too late to write a book.
It’s too late to find true love.
It’s too late to move to a new city with warmer weather.
It’s too late to learn a foreign language.
It’s too late to start my own business and be my own boss.
It’s too late for me to be a better mother/father to my kids.
It’s too late to stand up to my coworker who is making my work life a living hell.
It’s too late to leave my significant other.
It’s too late to travel the world.
It’s too late to make any meaningful changes in my life.
It’s too late to have a bigger impact on the world.
It’s too late to be happy.
If so, stop it.
It is never too late for you. Yeah, I said it. Never.
In the words below, it’s my hope that you’ll see exactly why that is true.
All the Proof That You Need
If you’ve ever thought that it was “too late” to live your dream, “too late” to do the one thing that you’ve always wanted to do, or “too late” to be the person who you’ve always wanted to be, please take a moment to marinate in this quote:
Here is the test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” -Richard Bach
There it is.
If you’re breathing and able to read these words, then it is not too late for you to go after what you want.
In fact, it will never be too late because there is no such thing as “too late” when it comes to pursuing your dreams.
Okay, that’s cool and all, but do you believe it?
It’s easy to say that it’s never too late, but it’s an entirely different issue to actually believe it.
To be honest, I know that I didn’t always believe this.
Instead, I believed in the silliness of staying in soul-destroying jobs, emotionally-abusive relationships, and even living in a crappy town in upstate NY for way longer than I should have, all because I believed that it was too late to make a change.
Even worse, I convinced myself that since I have already invested so much of my time into my soul-destroying job, my emotionally-abusive relationship, and into living in that crappy town that it somehow meant that it was too late to change course now.
If I did, that would be like admitting that all of those years were a total waste of time.
Thankfully, I now know how incredibly flawed that logic was.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” -Albert Einstein
Looking back on it now, staying in a miserable situation because I thought that it was too late to make a change, and because I’ve already committed so much time to the miserable situation, is well…insane.
Equally as insane, is that I consciously chose to continue down a road that I knew would never lead me to a positive destination, but I still kept going full speed ahead anyway.
The good news is that this form of insanity is temporary and very curable.
The cure begins with us reclaiming our relationship with time, and never believing that it’s too late to do or be anything that we choose.
The fact that you have breath in your lungs and blood pumping in your veins is all the proof that you will ever need to know that it is never too late for you.
The only question is this: will you say, “yeah, that sounds good,” and then choose to continue down the same road like I did and burn years off of your precious timeline?
Or instead, will you declare today–or better yet, right now–that it’s not too late for you to live your best life?
Take it from a guy who has first-hand experience of both options:
There is only one choice that makes sense.
Your Dreams Can’t Die
Our dreams are often very misunderstood.
Many people look at dreams as luxuries.
Many people think of dreams as the things that they’ll get around to doing once they have some free time.
Many people think that dreams are for the special people.
Please don’t buy into the lies for a moment longer. In this case (and lots of other cases, to be honest), “many people” are dead wrong.
Dreams are for all of us. Especially us.
Our dreams are very special things. They absolutely refuse to be ignored. They refuse to be beaten into submission.
Most of all, they refuse to die.
That’s because our dreams can’t die. They’re invincible.
Attempting to silence our dreams by ignoring them, discouraging them, or worst of all, by saying “it’s too late” will only succeed in causing us enormous emotional pain in the long run (actually, in the “short run” too).
Fighting against our dreams will always be a losing battle.
That persistent voice inside of you that says “you can do it, just give it a try” will never stop talking to you until one of two things happen:
1) You either take the necessary action needed to make your dream a reality, or 2) When you finally die.
If you think that your inner voice will stop pleading with you because you’ve convinced yourself that “it’s too late,” you couldn’t be any more wrong.
Much worse than that, saying that “it’s too late,” is like an open invitation to be haunted by the ghosts of regret and the demons of “What If?” for the rest of your life.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Whether you’re constantly daydreaming about traveling the world, finally writing a book, or leaving your deadbeat boyfriend, please believe that your vision for a better life came to you for a reason.
Your daydream wants to be so much more than just a daydream.
It wants to be real.
For example, if you’re reading this and thinking that it’s too late to graduate from college, think about this: a few years ago, a 95-year old woman named Nola Ochs became the oldest woman ever to graduate from college.
I don’t know Ms. Ochs at all, but if I could ask her about her dream, I bet that she would tell me that her dream of eventually earning her college degree was one that refused to die.
More importantly, what do you think that she would say to you if you told her that “it’s too late” for you to achieve your dream?
Would she say, “you know what, you’re right–it probably is too late for you,” or would she knock you upside your head with her cane, look you square in the eyes, and tell you something that you already know?
It is never too late to be who you want to be, or to do what you want to do.
The Fear That Should Scare You The Most
Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” -Caroline Myss
I have always found it so strange when people say that they’re fearless. Let me tell you upfront that I’m not one of those people.
Just like most rationally thinking human beings, I have fears (quite a few, to be honest). And without question, this is the fear that scares me the most:
Looking back on my life and realizing that I haven’t lived fully.
If you are going to be afraid of something, don’t be afraid of what may happen if you decide to fully live your life and chase your dreams.
Instead, be afraid of what will happen if you decide not to fully live your life and allow the ghosts of “what might have been” to haunt you relentlessly for the rest of your days until you finally die with a pitiful whimper.
That’s freaking terrifying to me. It should be for you too.
As long as we’re alive, it is never too late for us to live our best lives. Like I said earlier, your dream of a better life will never leave you alone.
It will always whisper to you, “C’mon you can do this. Just take a step forward…”
The choice to step forward (or not) is always yours, but remember this:
If you don’t take a step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.
Sure, if you choose to move forward, some haters may laugh at you, they may tell you that you don’t have what it takes, they may tell you numerous reasons why you’ll fail, or they may even tell you that “it’s too late” for you.
Fortunately for you, they’re wrong.
The fact that you’re alive and breathing is all the proof that you’ll ever need to remind yourself of how wrong they are.
It will never be too late for you.
Unless you say it is.
Is there an area of your life where you’re allowing the idea of “it’s too late” to stop you from going after your dream? Have you ever overcome the idea that “it’s too late” and achieved your dream anyway? Either way, jump into the comments below and make your voice heard!