“If only I had started doing yoga ten years ago, I would feel so much better about myself today.”
“I should have learned how to touch-type in high school. Now it’s too late.”
Have you ever had thoughts like this?
Most of us do occasionally. We look into the past with regret. We wish we had had enough foresight or will power back in the past so that our lives would be easier or more joyful today.
When I catch myself thinking it’s too late to start something new or wondering if I’m too old, I remember an old Chinese proverb:
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
Here’s a personal example. I wish I could read and speak Japanese fluently.
If only I had committed to studying Japanese more seriously when I started traveling to Japan 11 years ago, my life would be so much easier now.
I wouldn’t need to hire interpreters or rely on people to translate my writings. I could express myself more fully. I could have deeper, more meaningful conversations with the people I meet in Japan.
I’m not happy about this, but what can I do?
Well, I can regret my past decisions and get angry about my current situation. I can go a step further and get depressed about it all.
Or, I can accept the past without judgment. It is what it is. I can start thinking about what I would like to experience differently in my life beginning now.
That’s right. I can make a change right now, in this moment. I can change my life by changing my thoughts.
I can make the decision to learn to read and speak Japanese better.
I can make a commitment to myself to find small, easy ways to accomplish my goal, one step at a time.
And I can call upon my higher self, guides and angels to assist me.
That wasn’t very difficult or complicated, was it?
It’s never too late to make a change in your life or start something new. You’re never too old to learn. Learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge keeps you young and healthy.
And it’s never too late to heal yourself, heal a relationship, start a new career, or change your financial reality.
Understanding this concept is essential to spiritual growth.
The first step is to make a firm decision to manifest what you want. Set your intent.
But here’s a secret: It has to be something you truly desire.
If you have doubts about what you think you want, ask yourself a few basic questions.
- Is this truly what my heart desires? Or is this something someone else believes I should be doing?
- Do I want this thing passionately enough to make it a priority in my life?
- Am I willing to be patient and trust that everything will manifest in the best way, with the perfect timing?
It’s not too late for me to improve my Japanese.
And it’s never too late for you to change your life or begin a new adventure.
I know you can do it.