You live everyday.
Having come from the school of you’ve only got one shot, so do it right the first time, this quote means so much to me. There’s so much behind it and the words dig deep inside of me. Stop and think about the quote for just a minute. Let it resonate with you.
What do you hear this quote saying to you? To me, it screams:
- Live every day to its fullest
- Stop “keeping score” because tomorrow it all starts over
- Don’t go to bed regretting all you did/didn’t do that day, because you get another chance tomorrow
- Stop looking at your mistakes as the end of your “life” in your head
After ending a marriage of 17 years and ending up alone with 4 children, I wondered, “Why me?” Shame on yous ran through my head more often than not. Why couldn’t I fix this? Divorce handed me an ugly pill. Then came the lawyer bills, dating fails, fights with my ex, etc. It’s like failure lined up at my door and decided to introduce itself to me over and over. Well, “failure” is what I liked to call it.
After all, we learned that if you don’t do it right, it’s wrong. Right?!
Hell no! Stop thinking like that!
What if Henry Ford gave up trying to create the first automobile when the Model A kept having overheating problems? He never would have made it to the Model T! And what if Robert Downey Jr. completely threw his career away after his arrests for being under the influence of drugs throughout the late 1990s? His career highlights have almost all come AFTER the low point in his career. (And what a shame it would be if we didn’t have this beautiful face to look at on the big screen–just a little eye candy, there!)
Don’t throw it all away because that week/month/marriage didn’t end up like you had imagined it would look.
Don’t judge yourself on what you have or haven’t done.
Once I stopped beating myself up over the “mistakes” in my life that “messed up my plan” and embraced every day as it came, my life became so much more than I originally wanted. My new marriage is much better than the “dream” in my head from 20’s. The real way I parent my children today speaks volumes over my trying to be the “perfect mom” of their childhoods. It’s because I embrace every day.
Live life. MAKE things happen. Don’t wait. Don’t become a victim of your mistakes. And definitely don’t throw in the towel because you didn’t live it right the first time or it didn’t come out like you had planed. You’re too strong for that.
Remember, tomorrow is a new day to start living all over again.