Thursday, June 01, 2006

It's never too late

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot, the masculine pen name of the writer Mary Ann Evans, one of Victorian England's leading novelists (1819-1880)

The irony of this statement coming from a woman who wrote under a man's penname because she knew she would never be published as a woman writer is enormous.

Nonetheless, the statement deserves great respect.

No one should ever say "I wish I had done such-and-such" or "I wish I had done something else with my life" and believe that the possibility could not be considered even for their own future.

Major changes in our lives can be very difficult. The biggest obstacle is making up our minds to change. The greatest impediment to making up our minds is the acceptance that what we want cannot happen quickly. It must and can only happen over a relatively long period of time.

To live our lives as if everything of importance must happen quickly is to toss away the potential that we were granted at birth.

A lifetime that is made up of moments of immediacy leaves little to remember it once it's gone.

If you want to really be the person you could have been, if you want to fulfill the potential you were born with, if you want to make your dream come true, make a long term plan for your life. Seek assistance from those who can help you. That includes those who might be able to express an opinion that might show you a way around the next detour on your road of life toward your destination. You never know who that might be.

Nothing truly worthwhile in life happens quickly. These things require a great investment of time and effort, a commitment that goes beyond what most people in the quick-fix pill-popper group would find acceptable.

But then, they will not be remembered after they are gone. They don't care, they had their day. Their day was short and not memorable to others except by what they missed.

Dare to dream. Then be prepared to commit yourself to a course of life that will take you to the destination of your dreams.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to shine a light on your future.
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