The future is promised to
- Wayne Dyer, (died August 2015, age 75) -
American Philosopher, self-help author, and a motivational speaker.
His first book, Your Erroneous Zones, is one of the best-selling books of all time.
We are not promised tomorrow. Many times I have put something off that I wanted to do thinking there would be a better time. Many times this resulted in never doing it, the better time never came. I look back and there are many things I wished I had done when I had the inclination to do them. Some things can never be revisited. Mr. Dyer is right in this advice, what ever it is we want to do, we should do at the first opportunity and not put it off. A better day (tomorrow) may never come.
To read more about Wayne Dyer go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson
"Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing."
- Hunter S. Thompson, American Journalist -
Born July 18, 1937 - Died Feb 20, 2005 (age 67)
Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist, author, creator of the gonzo journalism movement, and one interesting individual. Hunter lived by his words. He did many things in his life that made his "blood race".
He is best known for his internationally known publication:
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967).
As research for his publication, Hunter lived and rode along side with the Angels for a year. This resulted in Hunter hearing first hand accounts of stories and personal experiences about living their life.
Hunter's life was anything but boring. After his father died suddenly when Hunter was fourteen years old, his middle class life changed drastically. He lived in poverty with his three brothers. His involvement in a robbery resulted in his incarceration for 60 days. The superintendent of the high school refused to let him take his final exams in the jail and Hunter was unable to finish high school. His mother supported the family as a librarian, but also became a heavy drinker after her husband's death.
After his incarceration, Hunter joined the United States Air Force. His commanding officer recommended his honorable discharge after his first enlistment stating "while a talented young man, he was unable to be guided by policy." His rebel attitude apparently didn't sit very well with his superior officers.
His discharge from the military was followed by his journalism career that began in sports writing. From there he continued to live an extraordinary life and wrote about it. In Colorado, he ran for sheriff in 1970. He had a significant lead until he agreed to do a Rolling Stone Magazine interview to which he came with a six pack of beer to celebrate his win, subsequently he lost.
To read more about this interesting man, go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson
All of this is to say that he is right. If there is something you are interested in and it gets your blood racing when you think about it...then you should try to do it. Of course, that comes with the assumption that it is legal, safe, and you are able to do it.
Lucille Ball, the red-headed comedian, said it best:
"I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."
Here are a few scriptures from the King James Version of the Bible to get you thinking:
“And whatsoever ye do,
do [it] heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
“To every [thing there is] a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Here's the point: If you want to travel - then travel. Go where you want to go or someplace close to it. Don't be afraid to travel alone. Just go before you can't. If you want to paint, learn to paint. Do it before you run out of time. If you want to go dancing, go dancing. Don't waste your life procrastinating.
I personally have wasted a lot of time waiting for the perfect moment, the right time, the ideal setting... that never seems to show itself. Over the years I have also missed some wonderful opportunities to do things that I would have loved to do waiting for someone else to go along with me. That also may never happen, so don't wait for anyone else. Do it when the opportunity presents itself and when you can. This is a personal lesson for me and for you.
Do you have a bucket list? Are you accomplishing anything on your list on a regular basis? Are you waiting for the perfect time or for someone to go with you? Do you have any experiences to share with others or stories to encourage, teach or make us laugh?