We are constantly reminded that time is ticking. The days, weeks, months and years all seem to pass by quicker and quicker the older we get. Having children often heightens our realisation of just how fast our life is passing us by, and this can leave us questioning whether we are really making the most of our time. In these moments, thoughts of chasing our dreams enter our mind but are just as quickly met by our self-doubts, our “Oh, it’s too late for me to be able to do that now” thoughts.

But is it really too late? The answer is no! The reality is that life is growth and therefore it’s no surprise that a career path you found fascinating at 18 may not necessarily still interest you at 35.

Whether you are 25 or 50, it’s never too late to start doing something you love. In the 21st century, with so many options available for further education including varied delivery methods, many people are taking up study to embark upon new careers, regardless of their age.

Changes in life situations have seen once career professionals, now mums, change from accounting careers to become teachers as the hours and holidays suit their lifestyles better. Previous office managers have made the change to freelance writing to enable them to work from home. Many home-based businesses have been established by mums who are successfully combining their passion with their family commitments.

Not entirely convinced? Well, there are plenty of women all around the world proving that you’re never too old to make that change. What about Australian mum-of-two, Naomi Simson? You probably have heard of this lady in red; she’s an entrepreneur, author and CEO of the online gift retailer RedBalloon. But did you also know that she had a well-paid corporate job, that would have been the envy of many yet didn’t make her happy? So, she made the change to do something that she was passionate about. Anna Mary Robertson Moses, otherwise known as Grandma Moses, proves it really is never too late; she began her painting career at 78 years of age. In 2006, one of her paintings sold for a staggering USD 1.2 million.

Everyone’s situation is different but what is the same, is that to make this change, you need to stay determined and always have a positive, never give up attitude. We are not saying that it is going to be easy, but if it is what you want, then your hard work will pay off and you will thank yourself down the track that you made this choice. No pain, no gain!

Your life is yours to live. It is up to you to make it the life of your dreams. So, if you have the opportunity to make a change that will lead to your greater happiness, grab it with both hands. Make that positive change that in the long run will benefit not just you but also your whole family. Happiness really is contagious.