“Better late than never.” Is that true? And if so, in which instances, specifically?
For discovering you forgot to bring your lunch? Sure; at least then you can think of another way to procure food. For remembering to put on sunscreen? Nope; once you’re burned to a crisp it doesn’t really make anything better to slather on the SPF. For realizing how horrible a relationship was for you? Maybe; only if you actually learn from your mistake and vow never to sacrifice your own potential for someone who doesn’t see it ever again.
For buying earplugs, I have to think, no. I am no longer living in a place with walls thinner than a slice of cheese (okay, I don’t know this for a fact, but I would be willing to bet up to $10 that this is true), next to neighbors who think they’re in a college dorm. So the earplugs serve exactly zero purpose right now.
But they were at the dollar store, and when I saw them I instinctively picked them up to purchase, even knowing they were pointless at this juncture. Why? Better late than never? No, of course not. I bought them because I may possibly need them in the future, and while “better early than late” is not a saying you commonly hear, it’s one I happen to agree with in this specific instance.
It also happens to work for the lunch and sunscreen scenarios. The relationship one? Probably, though if you find out early enough, I think they just call that regular dating.