Do you have regrets about any choices you have made in your life?
Yes, me too.
I suspect there are few of us who haven’t gone down a path that seemed right at the time; only later we realized it wasn’t the right one for us.
Have you ever made a choice by not making a choice?
Fear is a great contributor to these passive choices: fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of what other people might think.
Do you ever wish you hadn’t let an opportunity pass you by?
I wish I had gone to University and gotten a Degree in Creative Writing; I wish I had kept the tiny house in Saskatchewan where Mom grew up; I wish I hadn’t wasted so much effort wondering what other people thought of me.
You know what? It’s not too late.
It is not too late to change direction, to head back toward that fork in the road where you got off course. It’s not too late to stand up for yourself , to make the tough choices that will change your life. And it’s not too late to pursue those dreams that are as yet unfulfilled.
Just ask one of these people:
- 90-year-old Elmer Rothman who received his high school diploma from the Haddonfield Memorial High School in Maple Shade, NJ this week.
- 90-year-old Ellen Nizzi who received a degree in creative writing last month from Eckerd campus in St. Petersburg, FL last month.
- 90-year-old Helen Small who obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Texas in 2010.
- 95-year-old Earlene Harvey-Morris who received an honorary high school diploma from Falkville High School in 2010.
I suspect all of these people would tell you that it’s not too late for you either.
What do you think about in the wee hours of the morning when you’re laying awake? What regrets roll around in your mind at unexpected times? What are your “if only” and “I wish” thoughts?
It’s an interesting paradox that the older I get the more I realize it’s not too late to take hold of those dreams I once put aside.
It’s not too late for you either.
“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” George Eliot
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” Mary Tyler Moore