You’ve heard these words before haven’t you?
The bigger question is do you ever say these words? Maybe you don’t say these exact words…maybe you say things like when I get more money I’ll…or when I have more time I’ll…or…well…what else along this line do you say?
Oh and trust me…I’m just as guilty! I’ve said these kinds of things plenty myself. But you know what? I don’t say them very much anymore. Most of the stuff that I used to “when I…then I’ll” I just start doing or immediately planning to do as soon as its possible. And I can tell you exactly when I started operating this way.
In the Fall of 1998 I was sitting at a little kitchen table in Scottsdale, Arizona across from my brother Scott who was fighting for his life against Lymphoma. It was evening and I was suppose to leave to come home the next day. As we sat at the table talking, he said to me, “When I get through this, I’m going to…” and he went on to tell me all the things he was going to do.
The next day he had a seizure, went into a coma, and died within a few weeks. He never got the chance to….
None of us has any idea how long we have. We don’t know if we are young or if we are old. The number on our age means nothing. I am in the middle of my 52nd year on this planet. If I live another 60 years, then I’m pretty young. But if I only live another 60 days, then I’m pretty old.
We are not guaranteed one more day. Yes, it’s likely we’ll get one, and statistically we can venture a guess on the future…but we have no idea. Why wait to live life the way you want to? If it is within your physical means to do that which you desire to do…start doing it. If you aren’t happy living the way you’re living..change it. Start NOW. Make a list of all the things you’d like to do and be…and start doing and being.
Do not settle in life. Life is short and its now. Live it.