And then there is the most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
This year, more than ever, has taught me more about the wild fragility of life than any other year on this earth. I've had more moments this year that have poignantly shown me just how much your life can change in the blink of an eye, and while it's been hard, really hard at times, it's drilled into me the essence of now. It's a scary thing to not know what the future holds, but it's lit a fire under me that has helped me live more intentionally these past 12 months. We're not guaranteed next year, next week, or even tomorrow - and when that really hits you and finally sinks in, it can do one of two things - induce anxiety ridden panic attacks of how fragile life is OR it can ignite a desire to see all the beautiful things, go all the places, and make all the memories you can. And while I wouldn't wish any event that truly causes a person to have to come face to face with how thin of a space this life can get sometimes, it's one of the surest ways for you to start realizing that we aren't promised tomorrow. The things that you love? You should go do them. The things you've always dreamed of doing but never quite thought possible? Make a plan and go do them. The things that make you the happiest? Do those, too. Don't wait until you think you're ready. Don't wait to make that move or book that plane ticket or call that person. I have a feeling that there's almost no such thing as ready. There's only now. And it's really important. Trust me.
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