Catch the trade wind in your sails

Whilst we were on holiday last week, I read this:

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.

Those phrases flitted in and out of my thoughts all week – as we rose in the dark to go and cook breakfast on the beach and watch the sunrise, I thought about my safe harbours. As we walked along the coast seeing yachts smoothly skimming by, I remembered how it feels when the wind catches the sails and you’re off! I loitered at the dark edge of a cave whilst my husband explored and discovered then led me through the gloom to emerge into the sunshine.

And then there’s the phrase ‘twenty years from now’.  I’ve written before about what it would be like to send ourselves a letter from the future and it’s worth considering again in the light of Mark Twain’s words. Whether we’re thinking about our careers or our lives, we all have opportunities to explore, dreams to turn into reality, discoveries to make.

So here is today’s pebble for your thoughts:

Twenty years from now, what will you be disappointed not to have done?

What do you think?


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