YOLO

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YOLO

There’s a song the sings, “Time It’s on your side.” It’s really not. Just how many days we have to live life on this earth we never know and that’s where phrases like seize the day come from. When I was in high school, I had plans for myself. Plans like getting married and learning to scuba dive. But in my mind, I was thinking when I grow up. Here I am grown up. High school was literally a life time ago and I have so many goals and dreams that have gone unfulfilled. I keep saying things like I’ll wait until I have more money or I have somebody special to do it with.

It seems that when we’re young and even middle-aged life seems like a long road where we can’t see the end. I’m not suggesting live life afraid. I’m suggesting live. Don’t wait to do tomorrow what you can do today. I’ve often thought about wanting to clime Kilimanjaro. The thing about Kilimanjaro is there isn’t an escalator or elevator to the top. There are things which time limits that you cannot do tomorrow.

It’s with age you become vastly aware time is a constraint. Maybe you want to be a writer or a photographer. Start today. You don’t have to give up everything including your job and family to do it. You can do it as a second job. Maybe this will even help you move into a career you love instead of one you tolerate.

I see myself moving farther in time. I’ve gotten bigger. My hair is gotten grayer and my knees are sore a lot more. But that road I’m trucking down still seems like it has no end. What I and many others do not see is the regrets piling up behind me. For me it’s things like I didn’t volunteer more and I didn’t travel more. Maybe for you it’s you didn’t step out of your comfort zone more. But those things we’re not doing are building in most cases as we get older.

Sometimes you just have to jump and trust that when you pull the ripcord the parachute will deploy. It’s never going to be 100% safe to jump but you can do things to make it safer like having a backup plan. There are risks in life. But a life where no risks were taken is a life not lived. When you look back are you seeing missed opportunities piling up, or are you seeing a clear road behind you.

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