Never Too Late To Make A Change

Naim Ahmed
3 min readAug 5, 2019

Over the past few weeks with the free time I’ve had I reflected back on the past few years that have gone by. Obviously, me being me I looked back at the things I wish I would’ve and probably should’ve done earlier. This is a short story about being able to change even if you think it’s too late.

When I look back past sort of 5 years back when I started college I have so many regrets of things I wish I had done or started back then. Started gym, got a better job than the current one I had at the time, picked up a hobby and I could go on and on. The thing I always struggled to come to terms with is that time has gone, it has been logged and can not be re-written. I always find myself asking “imagine I could go back to X year with the things I know now”. Well, you can’t, and I had trouble to accept that and the fact my life could’ve been much more different than it is now, probably for the better as well. Time doesn’t standstill. It will keep moving. A second is a second, a minute is a minute, an hour is still an hour. These will never change well it kind of does I think by some nanoseconds or something because of the Earth rotating I don’t know I can not be bothered looking into the science of time right now but, that's not the point. We all have 24 hours in a day. Whether you are really productive or lazy. One thing that is always constant is time. I often look back in the past and see how much of my time that I wasted. It’s quite a bad habit in my opinion as the past can not be changed so looking back and beating myself over it is probably not the best thing to do. But, we can learn from the past and not repeat the same mistakes we made before.

The Best Time To Start Is Now

I understand wanting to start something when the new week, month or year comes along. It feels like a fresh start. A blank canvas. Even I think of a new month as a chance to improve and make it better than the previous month. The problem I believe with that is we create a delay. We say it can start the next week, month or year. The best time to start is right now. If there is nothing stopping you then there should not be an excuse. I did the same. I kept saying that I’ll start it next month as the new month is quite close anyway but all I was doing is delaying.

Thinking It’s Too Late

I’m 21 and I already feel like I am quite old. I think that there's no point in doing something now as I should've started earlier so, I feel like I won't get the most out of it. I realise this was the wrong attitude to have. I have time, we all have time whether we are 21 or 61. It’s never too late to make a start. That is the most important aspect. Not whether you accomplished what you started but the fact that you did make a start. Changing your mindset to say that I can still achieve X no matter how late I am. The belief can push you but that belief can only come from yourself.

Okay, this is highly likely my worst post on Medium and a lot of them are pretty bad. I started this story mid-July but unfortunately, it is now August and I completely lost track what message I was trying to get across and it isn’t coming to me so this is like two bad stories mushed together. Maybe in the future when I write a story I should try to finish it on the day I started.