I saw this quote and it really resonated with me. So often we keep waiting for things rather than making them happen now. As the quote says ‘life is not a rehearsal’ so we only get one chance and we had better make the most of it.
Too often we wait until it is too late or we have a life-changing experience.
When my husband had a triple by-pass in 2000 in his early 50s I decided then that we would not wait! We had always wanted to travel and so after he recovered, we downsized and planned a trip to his birthplace in Italy.
He had left when he was 4 years old and had never been back. We had a fabulous time and since then have travelled the world. We are heading to Spain in October and can’t wait.
I was also reminded of two people I know, when I read this quote. One is a friend in her 60s I’ve known for many years and the other is my MIL who is 91 years young.
Both women have grabbed life with both hands and are living it to the full. They also prove that it is never too late to start living.
It’s never too late
Firstly, my MIL took quite a while to get back into enjoying life. For many years, she shared her life with her husband. But at 90 and after 70 years with of marriage, her husband, partner, lover and friend died. It was such a tragic time and I’m sure there are many who are in this situation.
She was going downhill fast and actually was admitted to hospital. However, after recovering and moving to an aged care facility her life has turned around. She is having so much fun and is an enthusiastic participant in everything.
For the last 20 years she had slowly cut herself off from friends as her husband was content to sit and watch TV all day. He had not been in good health and she felt the need to be with him. Life was passing her by.
I am so proud of the way she has adjusted to her new life and is now not waiting but is first in line to put her hand up for any activity that is happening. She is vibrant and happy again and it is wonderful that she will live out the rest of her life this way.
Make life an adventure
My other friend was looking to take a ‘gap year’ in her early 60s and a break from full time work. Finding herself single at this stage of life she didn’t mope about. She moved to a retirement village, became a member of a social group, and travelled the world. Her adventures took her to many places including South America, Asia and Europe. It was such fun reading her posts on Facebook. She always has something on the go and is certainly living a full life.
After her ‘gap year’ she has returned to work part-time but is still also travelling and enjoying her social life. Life is certainly not dull for her although I’m not sure I could keep up the pace. I do like my ‘quiet times’ as well.
What I have learned
It is never too late
Don’t wait for something to happen because it won’t unless you make it happen
Life is full of wonderful adventures.
Do you have dreams or plans that you are waiting for? Make them happen today?