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Motivational Minute: Never Too Late

George Eliot said, It’s never too late to be what you might have been. Life seems to come with arbitrary timeframes for what we are or are not allowed to do at certain points in time. For example, we have to start a family at a certain time, we can only go to school up to a certain age, our career has to follow a particular path at specific times in life, we must retire when we reach a specific age, etc. And, because we carry these pre-established scripts around in our heads, we sometimes miss out on some great, potentially life-altering experiences. To fully enjoy all that life has to offer, we must be willing to break from tradition and imagine possibilities for ourselves that others might view as “not normal.”

For example, a read an inspiring story a while back about a woman who, in her twenties, wanted to be a flight attendant. She had just gotten married and, unexpectedly, found herself pregnant with her first child. Soon after came two more children, causing her to put her dreams on hold. She made the decision to forego her aspirations and, instead, stayed home and raised her children. When the last one left home, she took a risk and applied to flight attendant school. She was accepted and, finally, at age 50, she flew for the first time as a flight attendant, not on a traditional time schedule and not as she originally planned. But because she was willing to step out of her comfort zone, this woman’s dreams came to fruition. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. Take the plunge!

Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.