It's never too late
22nd Aug 20166m05s
- It's never too late to make a change in your life. Sometimes it takes us a long time to realize that something we've been doing or something we've been believing or thinking hasn't really been that good for us. And we want to make a change and then sometimes we say to ourselves, especially if we're older, that we think, "Oh maybe it's too late for me to change? "Maybe this is who I am." And I want to say that, it's never too late for us to change. You know, life is short and you don't know when you're gonna die. And the longer you live, the higher the probability that you're gonna die soon. That's just how it is. But, up until the moment you die, every moment you have is precious. So, if you have a chance to change something about yourself for the better, as you see it or you have a chance to change something that you've been doing in order to get a different experience than what you've been getting, then you should go for it. If you can do it, you should go for it. Up until the moment that you die, every moment you have is precious. And if you can, you want to try and make the most of each of these moments. It's easy to give up, it's easy to think, "Well, I haven't managed to do it for so long, "so what's the point in trying now?" I mean maybe we're talking about something that you've been trying to achieve, some goal you've had and you've been at it for so long, and you haven't achieved it yet. And you're wondering, whether it's time to just, hang up the gloves and just give in? And if that's what you really want to do, if you've really, on the inside you've moved on from the goal and the goal no longer matters to you then maybe that's the right thing for you to do. But, for most of us, that's not the case. We still really want it, we just don't believe we can have it anymore. When we started out on the path towards the goal, we really believed that we could do it and we kept willing ourselves to keep moving forward and other people kept willing us to keep moving forward. The by and by are the other people, sort of drop out of the race because ultimately our goal is something just for ourselves. What you want matters to you more than it does to the other people around you, that's just how it is. So, then it was just you having to keep yourself going, but then after not having the success that you wanted for a long time, maybe you feel or you felt that you weren't pursuing a worthy goal. Or that you just didn't have it in you or the stars just weren't aligned, you weren't lucky enough. Or whatever it is and so you feel like giving up. Especially if you get older, I mean, I'm in my 30's now and there are things that I'm starting to do just now, in my life. Ways in which I'm expressing myself that I didn't do before and sometimes I ask myself, I'm trying to do all these things. I've got all these new goals to set, I mean is it too late? In the sense that, do I now want other things in life? Do other things in life take priority over the things that I want now? Maybe I should have thought about these things five years ago, 10 years ago. I wish I'd developed this mentality years ago when I was a lot younger. I mean all these things sort of come in and out of my mind at various points in time. And, yet at the same time, I know that deep down I still really want these things. I still really want to pursue these goals and achieve these things. And I think to myself, well, what difference does it make if not able to achieve it now? If I tell myself that it's too late to do it now and then I don't do it, maybe in 10 years time, I'll look back and think, oh actually it wasn't too late. I could have done it, I just didn't see it, in the way I was supposed to see it. So, I think to myself, well I might as well just take the risk. Maybe other things in life do have higher priority, but I'll discover that over time and meanwhile I'm gonna pursue the things that I want. And it doesn't matter what other people say about that. It doesn't matte whether other people say, that I'm not at that stage in my life, where I should be doing these things. Or whether other people by and large, who are around my age aren't doing these things, it doesn't matter, because if I pursue these things and I achieve these goals, then it will have been worth it. I'll be able to look back and feel thankful that I listened to my inner voice and I pursued the things that I wanted. And I think that's true for most of us, in most age groups. I think that's true and I think it's just that maybe we don't have enough examples of people around us who've done this or we don't have enough examples of people we know of in the world, who've done this. Or people aren't talking about this enough. But there are people becoming successful at various times in their lives. Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now is an example of this. He's a guy, he found in his words, a sense, sort of enlightenment when he was 29 and for many years he didn't really do anything much. I think he was a counselor, or he had some other various jobs. And I think he was in his late 40's or early 50's that he decided to write the book, The Power of Now. And even after he wrote that book, for a while, it didn't really take off. I mean, he just felt the urge to write the book. He wasn't trying to become famous, but then word got around and eventually it catapulted him into fame and he appeared on Oprah. I mean who would have thought that at that, sort of later stage of his life, so to speak, he would have achieved that kind of success and fame? I'm sure he himself wouldn't have thought that would happen. So, you never know and the important thing is that up until the moment you die, every moment you have is precious and has potential. That's what it shows, every moment has potential. So, if you want to do something and you can do it, you have the ability to try and it's just your fear or your regret or some other emotion that's holding you back, then just trust yourself. Just trust in the idea, the idea that you can still make it happen. And just maybe you will make it happen. So, don't give up. Treat every moment as precious and never stop believing that you can change and that you can do it.