My point is that if you are waiting until you die,
you have already missed that opportunity countless times
even in this one lifetime.
From the perspective of the Pure Land teachings, the opportunity that should not be missed, but was missed countless times before, is to grasp and hold on to Amida's vow. Ordinary people are bound by their own habits and fail to comprehend emptiness. Even the most respected masters of various schools say that they are simple unenlightened human beings, although they are educated in the Dharma and spent many years in retreat. What hope can an average lay person have?
Hope / no hope doesn't matter.
That is still taking refuge in deluded mind.
Just recite the name.
A lot of people, masters and average alike have realized emptiness.