“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” — Anne Lamott
I send out a quote a day to a growing group of friends and family members. The quote above by Anne Lamott was a big hit with the group. And it really makes you think about what fears are keeping us from doing the things we always wanted to do. At some point, some of us lose the fearlessness we had as children. One of the keys to maintaining it is keeping a healthy sense of risk in our lives. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” As adults we can continue to push our limits of what we once thought was possible. The only one setting those limits is us and we need to break down the brick walls that are before us so we can fulfill our destinies. The late Randy Pausch said in The Last Lecture, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
“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 safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” –H. Jackson Brown
What brick wall are you going to break down today?