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It’s Never Too Late

I think that we have all had that stage in our lives when we were trying to figure out who we are. In high school, teachers were pushing you to figure out what your major was going to be in college. In college, your professors were stressing that your major was going to set you up on the right path for the rest of your life. Then you graduated and took a step in the real world and thought, what the shit am I supposed to do now?!?!

You are trying to cope with the fact that you have no experience and are going to be taking some entry level job where you are more than likely going to be treated like shit. But that is ok, because everyone does their time right??? Then reality sets in that this isn’t what you wanted to do at all. And you aren’t even doing anything to do with your major. You spend most of your 20’s trying to figure out who  you are, make it by paycheck to paycheck, and hope that life has more to offer than this.

Then you hit your 30’s and you look at yourself in the mirror one morning and think, wasn’t I supposed to have my shit together by now? You don’t feel like an adult, even if you have a few lines around your eyes telling you otherwise. You are still trying to figure out what it is that you want to be when you “grow up.” Sure, you might not be living off ramen noodles and Charlotte Russe, you can actually afford the $12 bottle of wine now. But, you know that this isn’t exactly what you pictured either. You are still living for the weekends and wondering what your purpose is in life. Where you can put all your passion and energy.

Where am I going with all of this? Well, there really isn’t a point other than to remind myself all of you that we all feel the same way. I think I can speak for most of us when I say that we are all still a little lost. We aren’t entirely unhappy, but we know deep down that we are destined to do more. If you are a 20 something reading this and you are feeling lost in your purpose, know that you aren’t alone. If you are a 30 something reading this and feel like life is passing you by too quickly and you still haven’t figured it all out yet….know that you aren’t alone.

You guys, it is never too late to make your dream a reality. You just need to reach deep down and know what your passion is, then start curating a plan to make that dream come true.

It is never to late for your dreams. You are the only one who can make them happen. So stop sitting there wishing and pining, and start planning and doing. Do something today. Take that first step to the rest of your forever. You can do it.

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23 Comments

  • Reply Joey March 10, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Great great great post friend!! Loved this!

  • Reply Emelia March 10, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This post totally made me tear up. We have all been there. I just landed my dream job, and it was not my dream job 10 years ago. It is NEVER too late to dream big…this post is so amazing. Thank you for writing what so many of us need to hear! XO!

  • Reply Christina March 10, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I love this. Never stop following your dreams.. it makes life that much better xo

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  • Reply Myra March 10, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Nailed it, friend. Great post & great reminder!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo March 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I’m in my 40’s & I’m still having these same thoughts & dreams & questions in life… I think when you stop, that’s when you get old 🙂

  • Reply Amy March 10, 2016 at 10:18 am

    This is so true. I am in my 40’s and starting over again. The important thing is just to keep going and growing and if you want something go get it!

  • Reply laura March 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

    You would post this when I needed to hear it — light that fire under my ass woman! We got this –we will make our dream a reality — it’s going to happen! Lurve you!

  • Reply Lauren March 10, 2016 at 10:34 am

    SO SO true! But for me, it isn’t a matter of not knowing how to make the move – it’s wondering what the move should be! Finding your passion is so hard. I was talking to a friend about that this morning – when you have a goal in mind, it’s easier to power through the mundane, but with no end game in mind, you get overwhelmed. Glad I’m not alone!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston March 10, 2016 at 11:40 am

    So so true girl!! It’s a rat race that we can only hope NOT to get stuck in! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Jessi March 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Great uplifting reminder, thank you! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay March 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Definitely, 100% needed this today. I have worked a million hours this week and actually had to go into the bathroom and cry at work this morning (thanks, PMS). I never quite feel like I have it right. I might be 30 have a house and bills, but part of me still feels 18. Happy for this reminder and to know that I’m not alone.

  • Reply Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad March 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Yep, nailed it. The trouble is that for me, I’m still working out what I want to be when I grow up! I’d follow my dreams if only I could work out what they are first :s I’m about to turn 30 and I feel like this is perhaps something I should try and address fairly soon…

  • Reply caitlin @ candyfloss & persie March 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks for the reminder, I can always make room in my head for these types of posts. It’s so very true. Being in my 30s definitely sometimes still feels crazy to me.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph March 10, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I do feel it’s too late for some things because I don’t want the work associated with it – not going back to get a degree in something else when I’m staring down 40. I do agree that it’s never too late to examine your possibilities though! Especially outside of work.

    I don’t think about what I want to be – I don’t need a fire in my soul to go to work every day. I need my work ethic and the knowledge that my job pays my bills. I stoke my fires outside of my career with my hobbies and pursuits in life…I think work is a small piece of the pie, I want to eat the rest!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders March 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Love this! I’m so glad that I’m not the only one that doesn’t feel like they have their shit together! I just wish that there was a way that I could travel the world with my husband and puppy and get paid to do it!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky March 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    YESSSSSSSSS! LOVE THIS SO MUCH. i live by “time will go on” which means if the time is going to pass, i’ll be making the most of it and doing what i want to do/chasing my dreams/taking chances.

  • Reply Jenna March 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I’m right there. At 37, I’ve been a stay-at-home mom and/or a part-time employee for 9 years now, and I’m ready to go back to work full time. Thing is, the field I initially went into (tech) isn’t really as in demand as I’d hoped, so I’m considering going back to school and starting over– with nursing.

    Crippling student loan debt doesn’t really appeal to me, so I figure I’ll start out working as a nursing aid. UAB has a really good tuition reimbursement plan, and I can go to school while working for them without worrying about how I’m going to pay for it all. And I don’t have to worry about whether or not nursing is going to be in demand.

  • Reply Cara March 11, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Love this post so much Nadine! 🙂 Dreams aren’t that far out of reach if we just put a little hard work and determination behind it, and work towards reaching our goals. I’m a firm believer in that.

  • Reply Kelli March 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I felt this way until 3 years ago, now I wake up grateful daily I took a change on what I wanted. You’ll get it together, you’ll look around one day and think huh look at me with my life all going as it should.

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis March 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Soooo you just explained my life to TEE! Still wondering what the bigger purpose is and perfect career path but not necessarily unhappy.

  • Reply Jackie March 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I love this post so much. I’ve just recently figured out the career path I want to take (it didn’t exist when I entered college the first time). But working full time (so they will pay for my school, and I won’t have any more student loans) and going to school full time is so worth it because I know I’m headed where I want to be.

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  • Reply kristen March 14, 2016 at 10:42 am

    i love this nadine! perfectly written. seriously. i mean, i honestly don’t have any crazy dreams, but if i had, i’d be super motivated now. are you going to go and make your dream a reality now?! i’m excited for you!

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