Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Twain was so right!
Life’s greatest regret is not taking that feared step, not going where we might have felt uncomfortable and not fulfilling our dreams, because we were too complacent or fearful of failure to even try. I am headed full steam toward my sixty-ninth birthday. Strangely, the recognition that life is finite has made me understand Twain thoroughly.
Youth either trivializes the measure of life as for someone older to worry about or so fears the inevitable that it fails to utilize the brutal truth to its advantage. It is because life is finite that we must “Explore. Dream. Discover”. To do less is to settle for a less than awesome life. We can ill afford to settle, especially with numbered days.
No matter our age – young, old or somewhere in between, we must dream big dreams, be innovative and be fearless. The worst we can do is fail, and, as we have so often heard, failure is merely one step closer to success. The best we can do is realize our dreams and immeasurably alter our everyday lives.
Shouldn’t we all be awesome?