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Last week I had a meeting in Salem. On my way into Salem, I read a billboard that kind of struck a chord with me:

Live like there's no YESTERDAY.

I think it was actually promoting senior health and activity, but I took it to mean something more along the lines of living without regret. Let go of everything that's happened in the past and do what you can to move forward in a positive way. I used to say, at the ripe old age of 20 or so, that life is too short to live have regrets. At that time it was true for me. I was great at seeing my flaws for what they were, accepting them or fixing them and moving forward. These days I'm more likely to attempt to suppress my flaws and then kick myself when they surface. I almost act like they're out of my control.

Live like there's no yesterday.

It also stirs up a feeling of exploration and tenacity. What you usually do, and what you've tried and failed at don't matter. It doesn't matter if you spent the last decade watching TV every evening. Today is a whole new day and you can do anything you want today. Maybe you'll be successful, maybe you won't, but you can try again tomorrow and today won't matter.

I think this has something to do with teaching an old dog new tricks. I'm not certain why, but at some point in the past I had great optimism, I could do anything. If I couldn't do it now, I could study it for a week or two and be able to do it later. The possibilities were endless. This was probably around the same time that I was immortal. Somewhere along the line, I learned that I can't do everything, and maybe I'm not interested in learning how. It's a terrible change and one I need to actively push against.

Live like there's no yesterday.

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dirtmonkey
Apr. 27th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
It was this train of thought that led to our "people who do things" mantra.
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