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Why the word "now" is so important

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb


Have you ever looked back at your life and wondered what happened? When I went back to school while I was over forty years old, I did this. I had the chance to attend college out of high school, but I didn’t. I chose to start working in a factory because the potential to make $10 an hour or more was very enticing to me. I didn’t see the big picture of what life would be like in ten or more years.

After I left the Army, I had another chance to attend college, and I turned it down as well. My reasons were different, but the result was the same. In 2008, I returned to school, attending a community college and earning an associate’s degree with honors. It would be eight years before I returned to college to earn a bachelor’s degree.

When I was offered the chance to pursue that degree, I hesitated. One of the thoughts that kept coming around was, “I should have done this years ago” followed quickly by “it could be too late.”

When this lesson hit home with me, I did return to college. For me, the best time to attend college was right after high school. The second-best time was in 2018 when I started attending UNCW.

You might not be looking at returning to school like I was. You might be looking at the decision to take on obstacles such as impostor syndrome, anger issues, and others that can lead to suicidal thoughts and ideations. You could easily say that you “should have” dealt with these a long time ago, but the lesson is still the same. The second-best time is now. Take that step. Face the obstacles head on and overcome them.

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