Time Is Not Your Enemy, You Are

Comparisons.
We can’t help them.

Personally, my natural urge to compare is how I assess progress.
Have I made enough?
Is this where I should be by now?
Am I a failure?

Often feeling that I’m not far enough along yet.
Which, naturally, means I’m a failure and should give up.

Look at her! She’s already done all of this…and she’s younger than me.
I’m already behind, there’s no way it’s going to happen.
I’m too late.

Always ending there.
Convinced that it’s too late to start something new.

An idea I latched onto at 18 when I had to choose a college and a major.
I was basically choosing the rest of my life.

At least, that’s that it felt like.

That was my last chance to start something new.
Once I graduated, that’d be it.
My life path would be set.
& I’m no quitter.

Even though I probably should’ve been.
Then at least I would’ve learned this lesson earlier:

It’s never too late to start something new.

Look at Baddie Winkle.
She hit internet fame at 85.

Or Alan Rickman.
He didn’t even start drama school until 26.
Landed his first movie role at 42 years old.

Or Vera Wang.
One of the world’s top designers that didn’t enter the fashion world until 40.

Yes, they are exceptions.
Not everyone hits success with late starts.
But, also, not everyone hits success with early starts either.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
 — Earl Nightingale

So go for it.
Be the oldest person in your class.
Start learning that new skill you’ve been contemplating.
Finally pick up that new language.

Your only limit is you.


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