It’s Late

It’s later than you think.

You probably think you have so much time to do so many things.  You say to yourself, “I have plenty of time to do X or talk to Y or make Z.”  You probably assume that your brother will always be there — even if you never said those words.  You probably assume that tomorrow will always come.  That doomsday prophets are not credible.  That the end of the world is so far away.

You’re wrong.

I’m not saying the world is ending.  Your world is.  The world you know and belong to is sand dripping to the bottom of the hourglass constantly.  And it’s always later than you think it is in your world.

You wake up and every day is exactly the same.  Your friends, your family, your coworkers, your commute, your neighborhood.  You eat the same foods in rotation.  You drink the same drinks at the carnival of bars along your broken, but meaningful main drag.

Your day-to-day portends a vast plateau of sameness.  Obviousness.

You’re wrong.

Change is happening in invisible, infinite ways on the tip of your nose.  Time slips and you are too “busy” to notice.  You do not know how late it is.

Do you have a dream?  Are you in love?  Do you have a passion?  Do you have friends and family?

Pursue them, chase them, love them, talk to them.  Today.  Right now.

I am not in the business of fortune telling.  I do not believe in prophets.  I do not intend to be ominous.

I only wish to implore that you realize it is always later than you think.  That you do not have as much time to do all the things you want to do.  That you should act with alacrity each day to run down your goals, to talk to the people you want to, to take steps towards achieving your dreams, to love honestly, deeply, and meaningfully.

Do not let the world or its long perspective deceive you into thinking that there’s so much time that you could never spend it all.  There are precious few moments in your brief, bright existence.  Savor them and embrace them.

Because someday sooner than you think your greatest friend, love, or family will be gone.  Your window of opportunity will have closed.  Your potential will be smaller than your past.

So, take a moment.  Take stock of what’s big and important to you.  Accept that you have limited time — and that it is later than you think.  Then, go out there and do all those things you want to do.  Be the person you want to be right now.  Starting yesterday and until it’s all over.

If the choice is between taking the chance or not, take it.  Always.  Because it is later than you think.

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