I dislike that phrase, very much. It’s always been distasteful to me, though I’ve only recently taken the time to really consider why it is so.
“Better late than never!”
is still late.
There are so many phrases so very commonly used, and so carelessly, in the English language that…almost set us up for failure.
It is hard to begin looking in the face of our mistakes, to accept that our lives are the way they are, right now- as a direct result of choices we, ourselves, have made.
Yet I believe that is the only path through which we can realistically begin making the kinds of changes that may lead to better circumstances.
So by adding on this subconscious layer of guilt, of not just having failed, but of somehow being a failure, to me, deceases the likelihood that we’ll be best equipped to actually begin the process of making things better.
I believe it is imperative that we begin approaching language with more intentionality.
It is not a thing to be taken lightly.
Words, I believe- make a thing real, to some degree, in our minds.
I much prefer: “it’s never going to be as early as it is, right now.“
Both are accurate. But the longer we leave problems undealt with, the greater in magnitude they become. So, for me- to start from a perspective of it already being late, well- it’s only going to get messier the longer it takes me to Press Start.
But change the phrasing, ever so slightly- and suddenly every moment becomes an opportunity to begin turning things around.
Every single moment is the easiest one in which to begin trying to shape our lives into the ones we most yearn for.
So, my dear friend – I ask you:
What are YOU waiting for?