“You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win.” Judith McNaught
We all possess hopes and dreams for our day to day existence. We all conjure up ideas of how they might play out and what they might actually look like.
Having been raised to avoid risk taking in life, as much of society has, I’m no stranger to keeping dreams buried deep in the chambers of my mind – leaving them there to go unfulfilled.
But the older you get, the more you realize that our time her on planet Earth is far from infinite. We can plan for our future, but you’ll never really know what it has in store for you until you find yourself standing there in the midst of reality.
You hope your loved ones will still be alive and well to share in your dreams – more importantly that you’ll still be active and able to experience everything you’ve put off until tomorrow. The truth of the matter is life is highly unpredictable and oftentimes unfair. Denis Waitley once remarked that “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”
Sometimes in order to get to a better place, no matter how scary it might seem, you need to abandon your current state of comfort and security. Not an easy task for those of us who’ve traditionally played it safe – doing what was expected, rather than what we desire.
Mark Twain once said:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”