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Always late to the party

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

I was chatting with a friend about this feeling of being late to the party.


You know, that feeling you get when you think you're behind in starting a business, a family, getting into fitness, or even just catching up on the latest Netflix show. And let's not even talk about the reaction you get when you admit you haven't watched the IT show of the moment! It can make you feel like you're not part of the cool crowd or that someone is about to revoke your membership of being a participant in this human experience aka vote you off the island, reality TV-style… yes, I am exaggerating a bit, but you get the gist. If you've ever felt this way, it's not a fun feeling. It can be quite unsettling to feel like you're missing out or have been left behind.


You spend time thinking along these lines;


  • At this age and stage, I should be doing XXX?

  • All my friends and peers are YYY

  • I don’t feel like I’m where I should be

  • I don’t feel like I’m keeping up.


Societal pressure can sometimes become so overwhelming that we internalize it and put it on ourselves. However, you are your own person, and you should write your own story instead of following what others do.

Set yourself goals that inspire you, not because someone else tells you to, but because you want to challenge yourself or have fun. You should water your garden (no one else will) and focus on what excites and energizes you instead of watching what others are doing (or claiming to do on social media). Get on and stay on the dancefloor of life that bit longer. Life is for the living. What you prioritise and focus on becomes your life, so make it good.

One day, you may realize that you were never late, but that you were just on time, at the right time for you.


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