"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this."
Sometime life can make you feel sick.
It can throw you loops that you don’t see coming.
It scares the living shit out of you…makes you feel exposed…makes you really, really uncomfortable.
And if it doesn’t?
If your life makes you feel safe 100% of the time?
OK. So you may be literally alive.
But are you really living the life you want? The life you deserve? The life that encompasses at least some of your hopes and dreams?
Think about it.
No. I mean REALLY think about it for a sec.
In fact…give it a few secs if you will.
Frickin’ humour me.
Anything worth doing usually involves a degree of risk…a chance of getting hurt…a requirement to be somewhat vulnerable.
You want to have a baby? Think of all that could go wrong. Think of all of the responsibility. Think of the cost. Think of the lack of sleep. Think of all the things that would have to change in your life.
Does that mean you should remain in your safe, little life and not have a child?
You want to leave your unfulfilling job and go after your dream career? What if you fail? What if the money isn’t there? What if you don’t like the job as much as you though you would?
Does that mean you resign yourself to doing the same, boring thing, all day, every working day, until you retire?
You want a life partner…a soul mate? Think of finding someone who seems to fit you like a glove. Think of navigating the inevitable ups and downs and compromises that relationships entails. Think of loving that person so much you can’t imagine life without them. Think about losing them.
Does that mean you should live on your own for the rest of your life? Not experience the awesomeness that is a great love?
Really take a few quiet moments and think about these examples.
Where are you in your life and where are you taking reasonable risks and where are you holding back or running for cover out of fear of the unknown?
I mean, listen. I get it.
Change is difficult.
But change can also be dynamic and exciting.
You can either stay in one place…doing the same thing…with the same people…feeling the same one-dimensional emotion...feeling safe.
Or you can make some moves…follow your heart…take a leap of faith…live your life!
Because….quite frankly…eventually you’ll be dead.
And that could be tomorrow.
Seize the day.
As Henry David Thoreau said, “Launch yourself on every wave.”
And why not start now?
That is all we are guaranteed.
And I’m stoked.