“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things 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.”
As I’ve begun to enter the working world, I find myself setting goals for my future. I’ve always had goals in the past, but I rarely had the opportunity to look too far past graduation. Now that I’ve graduated from college, I am making plans for the rest of my life. Big plans.
I haven’t been out of college long. Yet, in these few short months, I’ve already had people push my dreams aside. When you have bold dreams, people will tell you that you don’t need to worry about those things yet. You should be grateful for whatever opportunities come your way and you shouldn’t hold out for the things you really want in life. That you should just settle with what you have for now and the rest of it will come around eventually.
I’m here to tell you the opposite.
You are never required to settle for anything. A job, a relationship, a place to live, or whatever else in your life is holding you back. If you don’t like the town you’re from or the crummy apartment you’re renting or the job you have or the broken relationship you’ve been bandaging, leave. No one knows what will make you happy more than you do.
That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. You can’t expect to just quit your job, hop in the car, and live your life on the road. But you can take active steps to change your situation if you’re unhappy. Just as no one knows you better than you, no one can change the course of your life more directly than you can. Take initiative over your own life. Claim your own happiness and make it a reality. No one can do that for you.
Life is long, but it has the potential to be shorter than you think. You never know what tomorrow will bring. A year is a long time. Two years, ten years, twenty years, it doesn’t matter. If you’re unhappy, do something about it today. Don’t wait.
I challenge you to do something spontaneous. Dance in the rain. Drive six hours inland for that concert. Tell him you love him. Do something you’ve been wanting to do. There’s no better time than the present. Follow your dreams, the biggest ones you can think of. No matter how long it takes, you’ll get there eventually.