Better Late Than Never

Sunday, April 28, 2013 3 Comments

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I was late in a lot of things. 

I recount the countless times that I know I am late. Like how late I got bitten by the travel bug. I never really found intense gratification in traveling, not until my first out of the country experience. I was almost 21 when that happened. Yeah, that late. Another thing: Writing. Although, I find writing as a form of indulgence, I never really pursued it, not until I earned something out of it. And by earned, I don’t mean something monetary – more like a one day bragging right! I was almost 18 when that happened. Yeah, that late too.  Even the expat life is a late one. I only had the guts and gusto to do it just recently. That was just a little over a year ago. Yeah, late late late. Add the fact that living in this crazy fast-paced generation, where everything is so instant and transient, being late generally comes across as a disadvantage - a stigma on how unlucky or detached a person is. Being late translates to almost all things negative: slow, inefficient, incapable, and mediocre. Talk about being at the lowest of the low point. 

It’s better than never. 

But, digging deep and understanding how things work in life, being late is a part of the highlight. Every delay, detour, and defer is a sign of better things ahead. Being late is really being in our perfect time. It is not an unwanted excuse, but an inspired benefit – to know and hope that better things are about to happen. There are no time continuums, or time bombs, or life deadlines, if time is really understood and maximized. Just like how the setbacks delayed people like Steve Jobs.  

I am late in my bias for traveling, but it’s better that way. It made me experience so many things one at a time, absorbing everything, one at a time, making each trip more fulfilling. Fifteen countries and countless cities after, I can’t regret anything. I am late in having the expat life, but it’s better that way. It allowed me to go through the whole process of ups, downs, sides, and turns, making the whole journey as maximized as it should have been. A year of life salutes after, I see no regrets.


Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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  2. Just stumbled upon this now. Love it! Hehe I'm usually late literally and figuratively in a lot of things, and lately it's taking its toll. Thanks for the new perspective. :)

  3. long time, a little late on the comment, but later is better than never :) thanks and talk to you soon.