“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did – So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
I have that quote painted on my son’s bedroom wall at home. He’s only five months old, and he more stares at the colors than understand the words, but I feel it’s a very important mindset for him to maintain as he gets older. It’s a fancier way of saying Carpe Diem, however when metaphors get used it becomes more approachable than phrases in Latin.
With the year coming to a close, we start thinking about New Years Resolutions, or other means of making changes to our lives as we reflect on the previous year. Usually it’s fitness related, and people make more wishes than actual changes. We talk about how we want to lose twenty pounds or run a marathon or get that new car, and yet no changes are made to reach those goals. People don’t make an effort to change their health habits, they don’t start running, or change their spending habits. They continue on with their lives as they are, hoping something will change. Well, just waking up tomorrow isn’t going to change anything. Change happens by making a conscious choice. Just buying more veggies isn’t going to help you lose weight, you need to actually eat them. Wearing you running shoes will do nothing to improve your aerobic capacity.
So as we approach the new year, set some goals for yourself both in the short term and in the long term. Have no fear in setting those goals. Don’t be afraid to dream a little bit bigger than you have before, then actually make the changes in your life to start working toward those goals. You may discover a part of you that you didn’t know existed.
Chase Noll CSCS