Yesterday, on my Facebook news feed this image came up that I posted a year ago. It said” The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” Going through the Lymphoma diagnosis with my dad made this reminder even more meaningful than it was a year ago.
How many times during the course of our lives do we pass on doing what we actually want in the moment, in hopes that we will get to it some day? Opportunities come our way to have experiences that we simply put off till tomorrow, in hopes that we will get to it at some point. However, when tomorrow never comes we find ourselves wishing we had, rather than enjoying the memories of what could have been.
When is a better time than right now to do the things we want? How do we know years from now our desire will still be there? In fact, how do we know that our circumstances wont change that make it impossible to enjoy what might have been? We don’t… and that is the issue.
I believe that life is made more meaningful by living it to the fullest. When it presents us with opportunities, we owe it to ourselves to maximize those opportunities to nurture our souls. Positive life experiences are what makes it meaningful. At the end of the day a meaningful life is what we all strive for.
The next time that you are presented an opportunity and you hesitate, ask yourself if you can guarantee that the opportunity will present itself again? Are you positive that you will be in the same position to accept and enjoy it if it does? If your not so sure, try something novel and grab the opportunity while you can and in turn make your life just that much more special.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.