Late in taking the photo? You get a shadow.
Late in reacting to a change in your environment? You get a conflict.
Late in recognizing the spider? You get embroilled in its web.
Late in enacting rules? You are already in a crisis.
Late in developing feelings? You might hurt someone.
Late in general? You are only late relativistically.
P.S. – Late to the party? Someone always has your back!