Don't Wait: Live the Life You Want Starting Now
You can't predict the future – So live in the now and make the most of it
The stories of living life interest me. That's why I interviewed 80 people from all walks of life for my book, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose. That's also why I read the obituaries and go to memorial services.
At a holiday party my friend Alice shared details of her travels to Patagonia in South America. In explaining her adventure goals for 2018 she advised, "Don't wait! Do what you want to do now. You never know what life may bring."
To cement this important message, I read in Sunday's paper about the of an Emergency Room physician and health administrator with 30 years of wise and compassionate leadership at a local hospital. She entered health care to make a meaningful difference.
She was fearless. She skied 14,000-foot mountains, jumped off towering cliffs in a hang glider, surfed the ocean's biggest waves, and fished the farthest reaches of British Columbia — all with a bold passion and conviction. She possessed a venturesome spirit, a keen and inquisitive mind, unbounded energy, a natural athleticism, a spiritual connection to the environment, a love of animals and a deep devotion to family. For 20 years, she and her husband trained and ran marathons together from Athens, Greece to Santiago, Chile.
In the end, she died of a heart attack, just weeks before retirement and commencing the next phase of her life where she planned to drive her Sprinter van to the southern tip of Argentina. I didn't know her personally, but it seems like she lived a great, albeit short, life. She did not wait.
TIPS TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT
Regardless of the path you're on and your goals for the future, there are many ways to achieve your own wonderful life. The key is to lead an authentic day to day now – the life you were born to live.
- SET THE INTENTION: Live life to the fullest. Make it a meaningful year and that'll up to a life of great significance.
- PLAN: Dream BIG! What do you want to do with your one precious personal and professional life.
- SIMPLIFY: Eliminate clutter, financial constraints and emotional baggage that may be holding you back. Resolve what needs to be resolved. Allow yourself to be free.
- DON'T WAIT: Take action. What will you do today that brings your dreams to reality?
As George Bernard Shaw said, "Don't wait for the right opportunity. Create it!" Set the intention, form a plan, simplify your life, and start now to live your life to the fullest. Don't wait. Resolve and start fresh.