Too Late

1 Aug

There are common conceptions of what people should do at certain stages of their lives. We have ideas about what those in their twenties will be doing, which is a bit different from our ideas about those in their forties. But these ideas don’t always hold true. As our society has progressed, our perceptions about age have changed, and created a more fluid, and accepting environment. We can really do anything we want, any time we decide to. If we missed college after high school, we can still go. If we want to change careers late in life, we can. Outside of physical limitations, there really is no time limit for doing what we want to do. We can wait, or we can start, and we can do whatever works for us.

I have a friend who in her fifties decided she wanted to be dentist. She had a college degree but needed to take some courses to qualify for dental school. So she registered and completed those, and then applied to several schools. She was accepted at a great dental school, and attended for four years. Once completed, she opened her own dental practice, and has been a very happy, and successful dentist for nearly twenty years. Of course, when she first decided to take this journey there were those in her circle who told her she was too old, and it was ridiculous to consider. “Do you know how old you’ll be when you finish?” they asked. Her response was, “The same age I’ll be if I don’t do it.” And so she didn’t listen. She knew what she wanted, and she went for it.

If we really want to do something, even if it’s a big change from where we are now, and if we are physically able to make the change, there is no reason not to proceed. Our lives are ours to dictate and decide. We can do anything we want to. It’s really never too late to make changes if we want them. I know a man who is eighty three. He is still learning and going after goals he sets for himself. He knows he is old, and he knows sometimes there will be difficulties, but he sets his mind and does them anyway. He is a great example. We can do anything we want. It doesn’t matter where we are in life. If we want something, we can achieve it.

Today if you’re thinking about doing something you really want to do but have been afraid that maybe it’s too late, do it anyway. This is your life and you can do anything you choose. Anything. Be confident and go forward. Make a plan and start your journey. Before you know it you will have achieved your goal and great happiness. This life is ours to design. You can do anything you want to. You just have to decide.

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