I am a huge advocate for therapy, counseling, coaching, or anything that increases support while potentially decreasing pain and destructive habits.
I once saw a trauma therapist, who had a proudly displayed sign in her office that said: It’s Never Too Late. And although I didn’t know why at the time, those words brought me a sense of comfort, belonging, and peace. I couldn’t describe it; it’s almost as if the phrase had a magical mystical quality to it that would instantly heal the pain and frustration of starting anew.
As I began to research and deconstruct the concept of time and the idea that it’s never too late, it became apparent that some of the regret experienced in life is a result of not achieving something, paramount to our soul’s purpose.
Feeling like we haven’t fulfilled our true potential can be painful and discouraging.
But our capacity for growth doesn’t expire.
It’s always there waiting patiently, exactly where we left it, in the deep recesses of our innermost self.
Maybe you think it’s too late, but I’m here to tell you that it is unequivocally never too late to do anything. If you have a dream, a goal, an ambition, whatever it is: hang on to it, nurture it, let it guide you through the canyons and valleys of life.
Take the story of Doreetha Daniels, an elderly woman who had suffered multiple strokes but still fulfilled her dream of attending college. She received her college degree at the age of 99 from the College of the Canyons in Santa Clara, California. She was the oldest graduate in the university’s history.
If you have a dream, a goal, a mission, or anything else that lights you up on the inside, it is never too late to go after it. Time will always meet us at the intersection of hope, fulfillment, and growth. We can’t manipulate time (yet) but we can change our view of it and how it affects our goals, wishes, and dreams.
We can learn to work with its illusiveness while choosing to see it as a simple construction of human perception and a hallmark of our unique human consciousness.
I write this to help not only the reader but to motivate myself and to pass on that intrinsic steadfastness in the best way that I know how.
That is to say, strive to be wholly yourself in a world that seems to favor conforming and inauthenticity, for this is the most worthwhile pursuit and one that we can certainly sustain through perseverance, understanding, and love.
Remember that heartaches and failures are precursors to growth and that choosing to rise above the pain will lead to a quiet strength, an internal resolve, and a perception of peace.
More Inspirational Figures:
1. J. K. Rowling struggled for years as the original Harry Potter script was rejected 12 times before Rowling found a publisher.
2. Steve Jobs became successful at a young age until he was kicked out of his company and had to start over. He became successful once again in his mid-thirties.
3. Albert Einstein had an unsupportive childhood and was branded as lazy by his teachers. But he kept thinking and he eventually developed the theory of relativity.
4. Benjamin Franklin had to leave school at the age of 10. He continued to educate himself through self-study and went on to invent, among other things, the lightning rod and bifocals.
5. Stephen King’s first novel was rejected 30 times. He initially gave up, but his wife urged him to finish and now King’s books have sold over 350 million copies and he has had more of his works turned into movies than any other living author.
6. You. What will your story be?