It's never too late

  • Parambir Kaur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2014 11:09 IST

William shakespeare once said, “I wasted time and now doth time waste me.” It would be better to put time to good use instead of getting wasted by time. That way, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that we, for our part, never allowed time to hang heavy on our hands!

A close friend, Daisy started feeling forlorn after her children grew up and flew the nest.There was a void in her life, something she had never experienced earlier. She became depressed. And then one day, it occurred to her how she had envied those who could sketch and paint.That was all it took Daisy to grab a paper and pencil, and start drawing in all earnestness. She practised relentlessly in her spare time and with each passing day, her drawings improved. From paper, she graduated to canvass. She then painted a landscape. With the satisfaction she felt at her handiwork, depression and tension left her for good!

Her family was delighted and proud of her. Some of the oils she had painted now adorned the walls of their home, adding a classy touch. Daisy could not believe she had painted those splendid works. “It is as if I had not known my own capabilities till now. I wonder if I know myself at all,”a euphoric Daisy exclaims so often now.

Such a revelation is not a rarity. Often, we are total strangers to ourselves, unaware of our latent qualities. We often hear that a machine has great capacity, but it is not being put to its full use. This is true of humans as well. We all have limitless capabilities which are waiting to be tapped!

Each person has their own limitations as well, but they just have to choose the right option for themselves. Self-confidence is an imperative for a fulfilling life. Combined with a mature outlook, it can work wonders!

Life becomes fascinating if we occupy ourselves with constructive activities.

Slowly but steadily, even the world can be changed. Consistent effort is necessary to avoid regret.

The opportunity to achieve something, however small it may be, comes knocking at doors every so often. All one needs to do is seize it. We should banish negative thoughts such as ‘I can’t do this’. Those who left their footprints on the sands of time did it only because they kept walking! And as English novelist George Eliot rightly said, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

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