I often find myself thinking about song lyrics or quotes and how they fit in my life. Today, I came upon the quote below, by Mark Twain, and am fixed on it as a way of life.
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 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
This quote speaks to me for several reasons that are currently moving within my life. I just acknowledged that yesterday would have been my 25th wedding anniversary if my marriage had lasted that long. As I said yesterday, I love my life. It would have been different if my marriage had lasted 25 years but I am not sure it would have been better.
My 30th high school reunion is this coming weekend. When I look back at where I was 30 years ago, there are many things I think I would have done by now that I have not. I never would have anticipated going to this reunion alone – although, as my sister says, what is the point of taking someone who knows nothing about you back then. I am not the same person I was 30 years ago. I would never want to be that age again.
The words of Twain speak to adventure and dreams which I have squelched over the years. I plan to loosen my scheduling of life and let the winds carry me where they may.