Saturday, September 1, 2007

It's never too Late!

How many times have we told ourselves it was too late to do something? We feel we're too old to change, or to learn something new. My Dad, although ill health prevented him from finishing, went back to college at the ripe old age of 78 or 79. He went for several semesters until his back went out, and he was in too much pain to continue. He is now fine, but we were so proud of him. My sister changed careers in her mid 40s, ending up with a PhD in Psych. Another friend started her law degree in her mid 40s.

You are as old as you consider yourself, and it is never, ever too late to do anything! All you need is the will and the energy, and even the energy can be manufactured.

There's a wonderful poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that I wanted to share.

Never Too Late
'It's too late!' Ah, nothing is too late-
Cato learned Greek at eighty, Sophocles
Wrote his grand 'Oedipus'; and Simonides
Bore off the praise of verse from his compeers
When each had numbered more than fourscore years.
And Theophrastus, at fourscore and ten
Had begun his 'Characters of men'.
Chaucer, at Woodstock, with his nightingales,
At sixty wrote the 'Canterbury Tales.'
Goethe, at Weimar, toiling to the last,
Completed 'Faust' when eighty years were past.
What then? Shall we sit idly down and say,
'The night has come, it is no longer day?'
For age is opportunity no less
than youth itself, in another dress.
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisibly by day.
It is never too late to start doing what is right.
Never.
Amen to that!

2 comments:

Frasypoo said...

I needed this so badly
I was so suicidal when I turned 30 and now consider myself too old for most things.All I can do is look back at the wasted years in my life and cry about it!
I' m 32 and I know its not old but feel that way all the time!!
Thanks Incog

Incognito said...

Aw, Poo. It really does get better the older you get. Believe it or not. And it really is never too late for anything. If you want to do something, just do it. And life is never wasted. You are where you are meant to be. And no matter what as long as you are doing God's Will, you are doing the right thing.