We often hear or have read the sentiment that ‘it’s never too late’. For a lot of people, it’s something we think about when our lives aren’t on the right path or when we feel we haven’t achieved enough, done enough, and are worried it’s too late to do anything about it.
It was the first thing I mentioned in the first post of this blog detailing my path towards being better. I had actually said I was hoping it wasn’t too late.
My reasoning was that there are some things a 43-year-old cannot achieve, primarily things of a physical nature. Like a reformed pothead is not going to win the Olympics for example, unless there’s an Olympics for joint rolling :/
But this post, which now may seem slightly hypocritical to some but which I view as a sign of growth, is going to tell you that indeed it is never too late. But more importantly, I’m going to tell you why.
The Right Attitude
Look, technically, if everyone lived to old age, I am closer to death than you. I have less time left to achieve my goals, my dreams. I have less time than you. Especially if you are in your teens, 20s or 30s, and feeling like you’ve missed your chance, or never had one, or don’t think you ever will.
I, like a lot of people, am doing a job I would rather not be doing. I’m doing a mindless, dead-end, job in a small factory bending aluminium to make aircraft seats. There are no prospects there. It’s a means to an end for now.
But it doesn’t matter too much because even what you are doing now. Even if it’s the last thing you would rather be doing. You can still use that to benefit you. To help you improve. To set yourself up for that better life you want. The one you think it is too late for.
You see, whilst I know my heart is elsewhere, I still do that job to the best of my ability. By putting your best effort into what you are doing now you are helping to cultivate the right attitude.
The infamous boxer Muhammad Ali once said it best: “If I were a garbage man, I’d be the world’s greatest garbage man! I’d pick up more garbage and faster than anyone else has ever seen.” He was telling us something important about attitude.
The Reason Why It’s Never Too Late
My life has changed dramatically in recent times. Beginning with my ‘wife’ moving out on her son and I a year and a half ago. It has been a very difficult time. I am hanging on by a thread financially. I’m reaping what I’ve sown.
Truthfully, I have never really achieved anything. Certainly not to the extent I should have. The reason being as I always took the easy path. Did the least amount of work with the least amount of effort. Spent all my free time watching tv, or movies, or surfing online. Easy doesn’t get you anywhere by the way and never will.
Thing is, despite all this, despite the fact that on paper there are plenty of people who would view me as a bit of a loser. I know that things can always change.
In fact, you can make them change.
And whilst this past year have been very difficult and trying. Probably harder than the years have ever been. They have also been better in some respects.
I stopped a 20 plus bad habit of smoking marijuana. I started exercising regularly. I started this blog. Completed some copywriting courses and am currently writing a book. I’ve actually achieved more than I ever have in such a short space of time. I’m on the right path.
Oh I have some real tough moments in my life, some real challenges, with no doubt more to come. But now I am ready for them. I have dedicated myself to being better in an all-round sense. A better father, a better friend, a better employee.
I am constantly working on my physical and mental well-being. Working on achieving the things I want to achieve. I am still a long way off. I still have made some silly mistakes. I still get caught up in wallowing in what I’ve lost sometimes. But that’s ok.
The reason why I now believe that it is definitely never too late is because that ‘lateness’ doesn’t necessarily apply to your goals. What you want to achieve? Where you want to be in your life?
It’s about getting yourself in that right state of mind. The state of mind that puts you, and keeps you, on the right path.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”Chinese proverb
Look, goals and achievements are good things, great things. It’s important to have something to strive for, to move towards. There are people who didn’t achieve their goals until late in life.
People like Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel comics (whose movies have dominated cinema screens for over a decade), who didn’t write his first comic until he was 39. Or Susan Boyle whose singing success didn’t begin until she entered Britain’s Got Talent at the age of 47. And they’re not the only ones.
But your goals are not the be-all and end-all. The reality is you can only ever live in the here and now. And in the here and now, with the right frame of mind, the right attitude, you can be a force for good. An inspiration to yourself and the people you meet.
So if you’re out there and you’re feeling lost, feeling that it is too late, I’m begging you, I implore you, find your strength, find your courage, realise what you want to achieve and start working towards it.
Because it’s all about being on the right road, having the right frame of mind. Attitude can be developed, persistence grown. Your life can be set on a new path.
No one is more important to this world than yourself. Why sell yourself short by thinking it’s too late to do anything about it. To create the life you want for yourself.
It’s never too late to spark that light within you. The light that will lift you out of the darkness you might feel yourself to be in. The light that will make you feel you have purpose. The light that will guide you to where you want to be.
So I’ll repeat this one more time. It’s simple. There’s no hoping this time. It’s a statement of fact that is true for each and every one of us. It’s never too late!