Do You Think It’s Too Late To Change?
by: Susan Russo
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” –George Eliot
I was on a flight home this week and sat next to 2 flight attendants who were also flying back home. The one girl was telling me that she had been flying for 28 years and now it’s too late for her to do something different. She said “No one will hire me now; it’s too late to change things.”
First I thought, how sad that she actually believes that plus I knew how wrong she really was. But…a belief is something you tell yourself over and over again, even if it’s not true. The reality is that it’s never too late to change anything.
It’s never too late to lose weight, to change your attitude, get out of debt, stop spending so much, get a life, find a partner, get a divorce, have a better relationship, get a new job, go back to school, let go of the past, start appreciating your blessings, or have more balance and on and on. And, it’s never too late to start enjoying your life again.
Sure we all make mistakes in life that if we could do over we might take a different path. Or, we might wish we hadn’t said what we did or wish we had said more when we didn’t!
But, that’s life. You live and learn and then you move on. But, some people decide that whatever happened to them in the past is a permanent disability and they can’t change the outcome; a screwed up life or one they wish was different.
Is it easy to change things when you have lived a certain way for what seems to be forever, you’ve formed bad habits or your feel stuck in a rut? No, it’s not always easy but it’s possible to change things. And more importantly, it’s never too late to change things if you really want to.
In this world where there seems to be so much stress from work, pressure from all the things you have to do but haven’t yet, worries about “issues” going on in your life, fear of what may happen or not happen etc., it’s time to learn how to release all of this pent up anxiety and learn to breathe again.
Where is the balance in your life? Where is the break you need? Where is the fun, relaxation, freedom? Where did you get lost along the way that you began to believe that you have no control over how you live your life and the man behind the curtain pulls all of your strings? (Oz)
Even if you are in a job that you don’t like, feeling lonely, feeling stressed, sad, and overweight or whatever your “issues” are it’s never too late to stop and smell the roses, to make the best of what you DO have and take the steps to change what you don’t want anymore.
As the serenity prayer states: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
No matter what happens to us, no matter what situations fall at our doorstep, no matter what paths we’ve walked down, we all have the choice as to how we will allow it to impact our lives; either negatively or on a positive note. Choose to be happy.
Some people say, “Life is short.” I say, “Life is long!” So figure out how to live it well, it’s never too late!