I attended a Women’s Empowerment conference this weekend where Karina Duque gave a wonderfully inspirational presentation entitled “Manifest a Life & Business You Love.” During her presentation, she mentioned this quote and, of course, it stuck. Karina is a powerful and passionate speaker. She’s not one of those larger than life types one might envision with the adjectives “powerful” and “passionate” though. She is very down to earth. Her passion is quiet but so very evident as she speaks. To get an idea of what she’s all about, please visit her web page at www.fieldnotesdiary.com.
“It’s never too late to be, do and have what makes you happy.” I got chills as I typed that. What an inspiring statement! Without giving my age away, let’s just say I’ve been here awhile. The obvious interpretation, for me anyway, is that I still have plenty of time to live out my dreams. Life has not passed me by, because it’s never too late.
OK - moment of inspiration here. Later in this blog I will make a bit of an announcement. It has to do with something I never thought I would do, but goes so well with the theme here. Carry on.
I don’t think the idea in Karina's statement has to be confined to just an age thing though. I think it is in any situation that you can be, do and have what makes you happy. I believe it’s all a matter of perspective and knowing that you can make choices to manifest (as Karina would say) your dream.
I had a conversation with a dear friend the other day who sheepishly told me about an “adventure” she had in her teens. It was an adventure that some would say…most would say…was not the best choice to make, as it put her life and that of her friend in danger at one point. However, it was a choice she made to help her friend who was living a nightmare at home. Along their journey they did have some fun and unique experiences. She seemed to carry some shame about the experience though, until she realized in our conversation that she actually did everything she told me about because she cared about her friend and wanted to help her. She didn’t stop to think about herself. She just wanted to help her friend and was willing to drop everything to do so. I felt the weight come off her shoulders when she realized that. (Really, the story would make a great book…or movie.) For her, it wasn’t too late for that to be something that she did (and was) that made her happy.
On a literal, face value interpretation, artists (and this graphic designer) work this concept all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I switch directions in a design because something comes to mind, late in the game, and I find myself coming with something very different than I originally envisioned. When I started working on the background for this meme, I wanted create a vintage, perhaps a steampunk look. Once I got into it though, I started thinking more about time moving backward and forward and so I switched direction and came up with what you see now. It made me happy. Hmm...I had a boss that liked to switch directions and many times came to me the day before a piece was to go into production saying, “hold on, I’ve got a better idea.” He never thought it was too late. But that’s a story for another time. Ha!
That have been a bit of a stretch (and maybe a tad tongue-in-cheek) on the interpretation of the quote. But that’s one of the things I like about it. It is wide open for interpretation and works for many situations. (Isn't everything, really?)
This year, I will become a published author.
There I said it. With that, let me introduce you to "Yabut." He/She are significant characters in the book I am writing, and illustrating, along with my youngest daughter, Valleri. (Valleri gets the credit for the character drawings here.) In all my life I never thought I would write a book, but hey, it’s never too late.
So what do you want to be, do or have? What will make you happy? It’s not too late. It’s just in how you see your options. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments please. As always, you are more than welcome to download and use the meme. It is suitable as a Facebook cover photo, if you so choose. I would ask that you leave my name in the design. Thanks for reading!