February’s theme is “Better Late Than Never,” a phrase which always brings up conflicted feelings in me. Part of me loves the idea of forgiveness that it offers. But another part of me hates the idea that I or anyone can squeak something in at the end that we should have done years ago.

Is it ok that I didn’t start eating healthy until I was in my 40s? Yes, because I cannot imagine having the energy, patience and discipline to do it when I was younger. Would it be ok if the only time I told my son I loved him was on my deathbed? No way, man. That’s where he’d get to say “too little, too late, Pops.”

So I’m conflicted. I want to forgive myself and others for not doing what needed to be done sooner and I also want to be able to say, “Too bad, sucker. You had your chance and you blew it.” Is there a catchy phrase that says, I forgive you but I still wish you’d done it sooner? “Better late than never but I’m still kind of pissed and you should probably take me out for dinner” doesn’t really sing does it? It sounds even goofier when you’re saying it to yourself.

I’m curious what stories you guys have about “Better Late Than Never.” Do you believe it? Can you say it to others but not yourself? Bring a story where you finally got around to doing something. Did it turn out like you expected? Do you regret not getting to it earlier or are you glad waited until you were ready?

Bring that story to our next show on February 22, 7pm at Roy Street Coffee and Tea.

Remember your stories need to have a beginning, middle and an end, and for FGS you to keep it clean. They also need to be under 8 minutes. You know how it kills me to tell people we’ve run out of time when they’ve worked on their story all month. Most importantly, practice your story out loud as much as possible. Here are the rules & guidelines to help you get started.

https://freshgroundstories.com/2013/01/22/storytelling-rules-and-guidelines/

Write me if you have any questions.

See you on the 22nd!

Paul
freshgroundstories@gmail.com

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