“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I wonder if I am alone in the following perception. It seems as if I have a 20 year old, a 30 year old, a 40 year old, and a 50 year old all living inside my head. Each of these individuals keeps watching the me who is around right now and they keep saying, "Really? REALLY???? This is what you turned out to be? We never would have thought this is where you would end up. We can't believe that you appear to have forgotten who you once wanted to be."
And I find it odd that the me who lives now has the perfect response. I can say back to them, NOT in a mean, loud way, but in a very measured way, "Just. You. Wait. You know nothing, or really very little. Life is not the way you think it is and you will discover things you never considered. Let's talk then. Let's talk when you have some more perspective."
Perhaps that is why the above quote from F. Scott is so appealing. It has such a forgiving tone to it. It sounds so hopeful and so not judgmental. I like hearing the words.