I’m a lover of quotes, love, love, love them. One quote can sum up everything in a sentence, straight and to the point. So here’s the quote of the day:
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci
When I was growing up, I worked towards what I wanted, but for the most part, I felt that if I wanted it badly enough, if I dreamed long enough, if my desire was sufficiently powerful, accompanied with ‘feeling that it would happen’, then what I wanted would come true, something would magically make whatever dream come true. After all, fate is real. Right?
After a decade of that thinking, a few years ago I came to realize that the only way to open up new doors is by creating the door in the first place. In other words, no matter how much I wanted something, I had to actually take the action in order to get there. I was lucky enough to have parents that encouraged me to go to college, and I did, but the one thing they never told me was to, “Make it happen and go after your dreams. Don’t just hope, dream, pray, ponder, wish etc”.
Seems simple right?
How many times have you told yourself, one day I’ll do that, or if only I was younger/older, or my favorite… if it’s meant to be, it will happen. Not! If it’s meant to be, I will make it happen, and if whatever it is, doesn’t happen, then it won’t be from a lack of trying over and over and over again. I’m not afraid of failure, it comes with the territory of trying. And I’m only human.
Life is about decisions, and all those little decisions are roads to bigger ones. And I hope that when I’m old, I can say with confidence, “My life was everything I wanted it to be. And more!” Moreover, I hope the same for my children. Remember, hope only gets a person so far before action has to take place! It’s never too late, at least that’s what I believe.