The World

The world is a big place everyone should if they have the chance get out and see it.   When I was in Afghanistan I was cleaning out my new office, when I found this picture frame with these words on a piece of paper mounted inside it.   

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!! – Mark Twain

After reading it stuck with me, I think about it even today.  I have fashioned my life around it.  The first sentence no matter how you mince the words will be true.   There has to be a conscience decision whether or not to carry out the last.

I turned 52 this year.  How many years do I realistically have left, 15, 20, or 30 years?   All of these years are a very short time once you contemplate it.   Where did the years go?  Can I make these final years count? There is a crisis of time and places that run through my mind.

Don't get me wrong I am proud of what I have done, what I have accomplished.   If I was to die tomorrow most people could not match my life with 3 lifetimes.  I have caught trout in high rocky mountain lakes, walked the same streets as Jesus in Jerusalem, and been to many places in between. Still there is an anxiety about it all.     

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