"The best time to learn dance was twenty years ago.
The second best time is now."
Maybe you can relate: Many, many, many, many times I've wished I had started dancing years earlier (decades in my case). For a hundred reasons I didn't start earlier, so I have to simply say to myself, "Too bad... you didn't do it then, so shut up, take classes, practice, and make the most of now!"
It's easy for me to see all the younger people dancing up a storm and wishing I had understood the fun available in the dance world. But I didn't. I was having a great time in the music and business world, so at that time I was focused there.
I don't mean to complain about my background, my previous experiences help many aspects of dancing over time, but it doesn't make learning some patterns, connections or footwork any easier.
Maybe you're similar. Maybe we should have started earlier. But so what? I didn't. If you did, more power to you. Otherwise, the harsh reality is "too bad!" and then move on. It may be tougher when we are older, but it's worth it. We're building strength, coordination, balance, mind-body connections and other helpful skills that pay off as we continue to mature.
Life often seems easier in the rear view mirror.
If you are not pushing yourself and tuning your dancing, now is the time... Just do it and do as much as possible. Practice when you can, keep growing all the time, and enjoy the ride along the way. If you simply keep doing it, the rewards continue to grow over time.
You will be fitter both mentally and physically, you meet lots of interesting people and learn more about yourself. You'll look and feel better, interact with people than otherwise possible, and improve the overall quality of your life.
It's too bad everybody doesn't partner dance, the world would be a better place. Until that happens (don't hold your breath), at least you keep at it, even when it seems like it would have been more fun earlier in life. Most of us wish we were better today, but at least we can be stronger tomorrow, and that's a major win if we continue down that path.
Let me know what you're doing to move yourself forward and stay in the dance game.
Most problems precisely defined are already partially solved.