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But I Might Die Tonight March 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I refuse to live life by consensus. 

If people question the freedom I have afforded  myself, if they resent that I live life by my own rules instead of living up (or down) to societal expectations, if they wonder how I can follow my dreams, instead of following the footsteps of others, I hum softly to myself:

I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life.  Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone.  {{Billy Joel rocks!}} 

If you are not living the life of your dreams . . . what’s stopping you?

For many people, it’s fear (and/or its second cousin, guilt).  People are afraid to do what they want to do because: (a) they might anger friends and family; (b) they might fall flat on their face; or (c) they don’t feel empowered to make decisions for themselves.   

If fear is holding you back, maybe you need a new mantra:

* Freedom lies in being bold.  ~ Robert Frost

* Nothing ventured, something lost. ~ Neale Clapp

* The greatest mistake we can make is to be continually fearing that we will make one.  ~ Elbert Hubbard

* Do one thing every day that scares you.  ~ Unknown

* There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something. ~ Trammell Crow

* Feel the fear and do it anyway.  ~ Susan Jeffers

For others, it’s guilt that keeps them from soaring.  They feel guilty about putting  themselves first, even occasionally.  They’ve been conditioned to believe that others should have a vote in how they live their life.  

If it’s guilt holding you back, perhaps one of these mantras will inspire you:

* This is my life.  I’m not going to have this moment again. ~ Bernie Siegel   

* We don’t have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here. ~ Susan King Taylor

* Chained by their attitude, they are a slave, they have forfeited their freedom.  Only a person who risks is free. ~ Unknown

* You must take your chance.  ~ William Shakespeare

* There are only so many tomorrows.   ~ Michael Landon

* We might as well live.  ~ Dorothy Parker

Once we cast off the invisible constraints of fear and guilt,  we reclaim our freedom to dive into our dreams and pursue our purpose with passion!

Finally, after a bit of trial and error, I got it right.  I moved step by step in the direction of my dreams, ignoring the fear and guilt which tugged on my sleeve and attempted to tether me to the ground.  

As a result, I’m living where I want to live, I’m doing what I want to do, and I make no apologies (and feel no guilt) for pursuing my dreams because, in the words of Cat Stevens . . .  I Might Die Tonight.    

And, here’s the kicker, so might you.

Quote:  Why do we put off living the way we want to live, as if we have all the time in the world?  ~ Barbara de Angelis

No rules.  Just write!

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1. Richard W Scott - March 16, 2010

I like this one a lot, Nancy, and it brings another quote to mind:

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. nrhatch - March 16, 2010

Just so.

“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.”
~ Soren Kierkeguard

3. Joanne - March 19, 2010

The songs we both grew up with were like “the words of the prophets written on the subway walls…” and they still are powerful for lighting a fire under us when we need to feel the flames of passion again… This was one of those weeks where I started to melt into the oblivion of status quo mentality… I needed to read this…Thanks!

4. nrhatch - March 19, 2010

The Sound of Silence . . . awesome!

I’m going to have to get out my guitar this weekend and sing some Simon and Garfunkle. : )

Lyrics (and quotes) remind me to remember the lessons that I’ve learned.

Another from Cat Stevens:

I wish I knew, I wish I knew
What makes me me, what makes you you
It’s just another point of view
A state of mind I’m going through . . .

Cheers!

5. Judith - October 30, 2011

I like the Michael Landon quote – there are only so many tomorrows. How true is that and it was brought home to me when my husband died. Thanks for this. 🙂

nrhatch - October 30, 2011

Thanks, Judith. If we don’t live OUR life . . . who will?


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