My high school motto, highlighted during our graduation ceremony,
was “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Not an original thought. We’ve all heard that one before. I’m not
sure where the quote came from.
In fact, I’m not sure why it was our class motto. I don’t remember
ever voting on it. I don’t think any of my classmates even knew we
had a class motto…until we saw it printed on the commencement
At that point in our lives, we probably had a buoyant, optimistic
take on the idea. Yes of course, it’s the first day of the rest of
my life. Duh! And I still have many more days to come. Days, weeks
and years for that matter.
Life has yet to unfold. I expect I’ll have many more great adventures
and experiences. I’ll go out into the world and make my mark. I’ll
meet lots of interesting people, I’ll do lots of interesting things.
Then maybe I’ll settle down and get married and have a family. I’ll
buy a beach or lake house to hang out in. I’ll live to a ripe old age
and enjoy my kids and grandkids.
The world is my oyster!
OK….maybe we weren’t all that specific about how our lives would
unfold. But for most of us, there was the satisfaction of completing
an important milestone – graduating from high school (maybe I should
phrase that as “getting through high school”) – coupled with
anticipation of the new journey about to begin.
Today, as I contemplate the idea that “Today is the first day of
the rest of my life”, it resonates a little differently.
Even with my optimistic way of thinking, my good health and
abundant energy, and my intention to live – healthily and fully
engaged – til I’m at least 100 years old, I can’t shake the thought
that, possibly, more of my days are behind me than ahead of me.
That open road that could lead just about anywhere, through limitless
possibilities and adventures….is not so open anymore. Some choices
and adventures are probably behind me, just not possible anymore.
On the other hand, with my greater awareness of the passage of time,
I’m starting to better appreciate the value of MY time, here today.
How I’m spending it. Who I’m spending it with. How much of it am I
wasting. How much of it am I putting to productive, constructive use.
I don’t mean that in a negative or scared way. It’s actually
Someone once said, “The greatest invention in the history of mankind
is the deadline”. Pretty profound!
Without deadlines, nothing would get done.
Well, the end of your life is kinda like the ultimate deadline, isn’t
it? (At least in this dimension, in this earthly realm.)
So I’m not taking a melancholy view of getting older. Of possibly
having fewer days behind me than in front of me. Instead, I’m
taking a positive view and leveraging the thought of that “ultimate
deadline” to help me make some changes, make some decisions that (I
trust) will lead to continued health, productivity, and enjoyment of
life….AND be sure to fill it as full as I possibly can with love,
laughter and some new adventures.
Having a young kid around – my little man, Miguel – and a partner
who makes me laugh and loves me for who I am, just the way I am,
definitely helps me in this quest.
How about you?
Is there a decision you’ve been mulling over? Something you’ve
been wanting to do, meaning to do, but just can’t seem to pull the
Is there some adventure or new endeavor you’d like to embark on,
but you’re unsure or maybe a little afraid?
I know from brutal experience that it’s much easier to just continue
going along on the same path, doing the same routine, thinking the
And if you’re life is going great, keep on doing what you’re doing.
However, my sense is that each one of us feels like we could be
doing better, at least in some areas of our life.
And each one of us still has a lot of exploration and adventures
ahead of us…if we are willing to open our minds and hearts to
Well, what are you waiting for?
You Can Do It!
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