The question for the day: If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing now?
Suddenly everyone reading this must think I have my laptop open while sunning in a very comfortable lounge chair on a private beach. Sitting under a shade umbrella, sipping on a sweet tropical drink, the soft salty breeze flows around me, while being serenaded by soft crashing waves and sea birds going about their day.
Maybe I am…
Our life path at 18 was not (or will not) necessarily be the same path at 32, or 52, or even 72. One’s dream is constantly evolving, rising and falling, and changing course. Whatever your dream is now, it will probably change, and that’s okay. If you are looking at your life as if it is a bad TV show, change the channel. The remote is in your hands.
In 2020, if we learned anything at all its that we should let go of our preconceived notions, enjoy the path that we are on and learn from every bump—good or bad—and embrace it as a life lesson. Embrace the fact that you have no idea what you’re doing at times, because face it, you don’t know what is possible or impossible at any age. I hope to always make mistakes, because it means I am out there doing something and making the world I live in more interesting and mistakes can open the most fascinating doors. Personally, I believe I hold a master’s degree in mistake making. Just ask any of my family members. My mistakes have only given me value, and everything I have acquired of value is locked inside of me, and this is true for you as well.
Remember these few things:
- Laugh at yourself, but never doubt yourself.
- You cannot put a full life into a small dream box.
- Don’t waste your life trying to be perfect. Be you!
- Be willing to step up and try something new.
- To be vulnerable is to be brave.
- Jump out of your comfort zone with both feet.
- Everyone makes mistakes.
- Forgiveness is to release it all.
As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”
My path today may resemble crossing the Drake Passage while tomorrow may be a walk in the park, but no matter the path, I hope I made enough mistakes to learn what is needed to become a better person. Humans don’t learn from getting everything right, nor do we grow if life goes as a perfect plan. I pray I sprinkle goodness upon the world every day. I hope I am mindful of the needs of others and am able to help make a difference, and that I make people smile.
As Huang Po was once quoted: “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.”