Experiencing different spaces opens you up. It changes you. It forces you to look at life differently. Worlds, experiences, and feelings you never knew existed. It gives you a taste of the different sides of what it means to be human.
Knowing that, the best advice you can buy into is "explore early and explore often".
Spend time exploring long before you decide to lock in who you want and need to be. Take in as much of life as you can and don’t rush to become something just to be "something" – or you may end up as anything – or nothing.
It's eye-opening to realize how often we are told to become something – anything, really – and how quickly we decide who we want to become before we really know what life is about.
Build your identity around as much experience as you can and let as much of the world as possible seep into who you want to become.
So many of us fall prey to the pressure to become something before we really have any idea of who we are, what is out there, and what deeply matters to us.
If you're in a place where you don't know what you want to be, don't rush it.
If you think you know, ask yourself how you got there.
Oh, and if at any point your gut tells you that you’re not who you know you want to be, you have the complete liberty to change it.
It’s the system that tells you you can’t, but god damn, you can.
All else is selling yourself short of who you are – and who you could be.
Simmer on that for a bit...
PS. And no, it is never too late to become something you want to be. Ever. In fact, the later it is, the more vital it becomes that you dive in ASAP.