IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN. - George Eliot
This picture and quote can be found in a lovely little book entitled Start Where you Are: a Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel. I bought it while I was walking through West London a few years ago. I found it at an outdoor market and I think it was the author who was standing at her tent, stationed inconspicuously, and looking so beautiful standing there with a pile of the book she wrote, gently offering them for sale.
I was compelled to purchase a couple of copies of this woman's book for these reasons: 1. I like to support artists; I like to support self-producing/publishing people/WOMEN, and 3. the book was most definitely "up my alley."
Although I meant to complete the writing exercises the author offers on each of the pages, I haven't. However, I have read the exercises and put my thoughts and answers to the questions she poses into action to the best of my abilities.
The quote I chose to reflect on today is apropos, relating to the work I choose to focus on, the work I consider MY LIFE WORK, at this stage in my life. What I "MIGHT HAVE BEEN" is what I HAVE BECOME. I have been taking one step at a time every day of my life to achieve my goal of mounting a one-woman show. In so doing, I have learned what it takes to be a self-producing artist, how to work with teams of people, how to negotiate my way through challenges that arise, how to manage 25 hours of work in a 24 hour day, and most importantly, I am learning to pull my "claws" out of whatever I feel the need to hang onto so tightly and just TRUST that all will be well, that (like my mother used to sing to me) 'whatever will be, will be.
Here are the exercises in the book that you might want to reflect on today:
Take a piece of paper and create 3-columns: Column #1: Things I think it's too late for; Column #2: It's not too late; Column #3: Step I can take to move forward.
Here's to dreams coming true. Here's to friendship. Here's to gratitude. Here's to self care. Here's to starting right where you are and knowing that it's exactly where you should be.
I wish everyone this: Believe that it is NEVER too late, and the opportunity to be what you dreamed might have been.