“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
I found this quote during a phase in high school when I was obsessed with rooting out memorable quotes from the internet. I compiled pages and pages of interesting and inspirational quotes, printed many of them, and posted them around my bedroom. Often I had no idea of the context or origin of the quotation, and I eventually realized that the strength of the meaning I found in the quotes was weakened by my ignorance.
Though I still do not know from what text that quote from George Eliot was taken (and would appreciate anyone who can elucidate), I still keep that simple sentence in my mind, ready to be throw at anyone who wishes they were younger, wishes they could do something else, wishes they had taken a different path. I throw the quote at myself more often than at anyone else.
Of course, when you get into the technical details of this quote, it does not hold perfectly true: there may be physical limitations, financial limitations, issues of accessibility. This doesn’t take away from the value of the mindset it engenders.
“It is never to late to be what you might have been” does not have to be taken completely literally– I don’t think it is necessarily meant to encourage us to go to extremes like suddenly quitting our jobs, uprooting our families, setting our houses on fire to collect insurance money for an exciting, risky business venture.
Simply: chase dreams. Honor them. If a dream is still with you at a time when you despair that it is too late, it is worth your energy to try to make it real.