One of my favorite Yogi quotes is: “It gets late early out there.” Taken on face value, Yogi Berra was referring to left field in Yankee Stadium, a part of the field impacted by the change of sunlight later in the day. The change of light in late afternoons created shadows, increasing the level of fielding difficulty for the players. Beyond Yogi’s initial intention, the phrase has meaning well beyond the game of baseball.
“It gets late early out there.”
You see, just like left field in Yankee Stadium, “it gets late early” in our lives as well. Years and decades come and go and if we are not careful, we find our view impaired by shadows and other distractions. Yogi’s crazy statement is a warning to us all: Find out what you want to do and go do it. Do it now because there will come a time when you are less able to do what you want to do.
To young children, I think the quote means start your day off right, enjoy every minute because the day turns to night time quickly. And to the young adults, I believe the quote means find your passion and follow it because if you wait for “just the right time” to do it, you may miss your chance because “it gets late early out there.” If you are a student considering a career,begin now studying your opportunities carefully and choose the organization you would be proud to work for. And if you are over 50, well you know better than others that it has already gotten “late early out there” so get done whatever it is that you still wish to do, now, no more delays.
Application for me personally: I have been talking and talking about writing a book for far too long now. I know “It gets late early out there” , and before I am no longer able to retain my thoughts, use my computer, or influence a publisher to read my first draft, I have to get serious about writing.
And what about you? Do Yogi’s thoughts , “it gets late early out there?”, trigger anything in your mind?