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Never Too Late

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Posted: 6:07AM December 22nd, 2015 | Comments

The phrase “It’s Never Too Late” may be trite, but it’s popular for a reason: it’s optimistically true. It’s an adage I’ve recently adopted (how’s that for never too late), but one I’ve been trying to really live by. I graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2014 with a degree in computer science and as soon as I moved my tassel to the left, I vowed never to write another snippet of code. After forcing myself through 4 years of a “should monster” driven major, I finally decided that to live a full and happy life, I needed pursue what I’m actually passionate about: sustainability. The follow-through of that decision was fraught with difficulties, including caution from family and friends and the realization that I would be essentially starting from scratch. It wasn’t easy giving up the idea of a stable job with a six-figure salary for unpaid internships, but I can honestly say that I’m much happier and for the first time, I feel like I’m making a real (albeit small) difference. And in the face of worrisome prognoses, like the inevitable 3 foot sea level rise, small differences and people who believe that “it’s never too late” are invaluable. Unfortunately, because of such predictions, it’s getting harder to take faith in my chosen motto and lately I’ve begun to wonder, “has the world reached a point where it IS too late?” But then I remind myself of occurrences like the Global Climate March, where thousands of individual actions came together to send a real message and engender real change, and I feel hopeful. Whether in your own daily life or the grand scheme of the planet, small, seemingly inconsequential, decisions add up. It falls on each of us to realize that it’s never too late to make the right decisions to move towards a better planet and better lives for all.

 

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By: Ida Yu

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