I've pondered that sentence over and over, and I believe its truth more than ever. We only have one biological life here on Earth, but we have plenty of opportunities to use our life in different and fulfilling ways -- even in our later years.
The lesson is to never lose sight of your passion, especially in the second half of life. You never know how much time you'll have to launch a second career, go back to school, start a business or do whatever it is that would make you the person you might have been had other things blocked your path.
Dr. Ken Dychtwald tells the story of having an eye-opening conversation with an older woman when he was a young man. She asked, "So, Ken, how will you use your life?"
Dychtwald says at first he thought she was talking about what career he would choose and later realized that what she was getting at was that he would have a life unfold before him, and he had a choice as to how he would use it.
As you approach another year and ponder your success and personal growth, remember that you can still use your life for the betterment of others. You can still use your life to do the things you once thought important, but are now a distant memory.
Don't give up on your dreams and on your future. It's never too late.