- The push for resolving to do things differently at the change of the year can also promote thoughts of, "It's too late for me to change that."
- The recent death or illness of several people close to me or close to those I love makes me want to be sure I have said and done what's important before it's too late.
It's certainly NOT too late to do more situps, to drink fewer glasses of wine, to write more letters, to worry less. Will these things happen? Maybe, maybe not, but I know it will never be too late to try as long as I walk this green earth.
It IS too late to tell my father, my cousin Mike, my favorite aunt Jo, or Bette and Roy Lockhart one more time that I love them. I feel confident that they knew of my love before they "went on ahead," as Bette used to to say, though, and I make sure my elderly mother and my sons knows it every time I talk with them.
It IS too late for a friend who had a difficult relationship with his mother to clear the air with her, since he didn't do it before she died.
It's NOT too late to learn a new language, to visit new countries, to begin a meditation practice, to take up the cello again. I'm pretty sure, with my joints, it IS too late for me to climb Mt. Washington or take up cardio-kickboxing.
But you know what? That's okay with me. I already ran the Boston
Marathon, got my black belt in karate, and did my share of hiking. As long as I can still walk a hilly mile and dance for a couple of hours at a stretch, I'm happy.
I wondered for almost two decades if it was too late to finish that mystery novel set on an organic farm that I wrote much of seventeen years ago. I'm so pleased that it isn't too late to at least bring the farmer and her world back to life in A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die, even if I discard most of the original writing.
Seize the day - carpe diem - is an excellent rule of life, along with Live your life so you have no regrets.
What in your life do you feel it's too late for, and what are you glad it's not too late for?