YOUNG VOICES: Live life to its fullest, before it's too late

2014-04-14T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Live life to its fullest, before it's too lateBy Brytnie Jones nwitimes.com
April 14, 2014 12:00 am  • 

I was bored one night strolling down Pinterest, a visual social site where people collect, create and share ideas for their different projects and interests, and I ran across a quote: “It’s better to look back on life and say: ‘I can’t believe I did that.’ Than to look back and say: ‘I wish I did that’.” Those were the best words I’d heard in a long time.

Those words made it evident to me that I should continue to strive to accomplish everything I ever sat out to do.

Day to day, I come up with ideas and things I would love to do, like go to the Essence Festival in New Orleans, fly to New York and go to a Broadway play, take a cruise to the Bahamas, go to LA and walk down the Walk of Fame, and the list goes on.

Some people may call them dreams or fantasies. But I like to call them items on my bucket list! I like to think they are things that I will definitely accomplish just so that I could say, “I did it!” Just so I could say, “I went there, I loved it, and I had the best time ever.”

Too many people fail to dream. They fail to live life. They fail to accomplish things they dream about doing, and they settle. They settle for the fact that they don’t currently have the money and they turn their answer into, “It’ll never happen.”

They stay in one spot and never experience life and never see the world. And it’s so much to see. They limit their dream as to being just that, a dream.

That’s the first step to failure, believing you can’t!

I don’t know about other people, but my biggest fear is failure. Because failure is my biggest fear, I strive and give it my all to not fail. For me, failure is not an option, and the words, “I can’t!” are not in my vocabulary. I firmly believe in the cliche that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

You may be asking, what’s the point of me writing this? Why am I talking to you about my dreams and my fears? Thanks for asking!

This is not just me talking. This is me telling you to shoot for the stars. I want you to believe nothing is impossible and never to say you can’t because of your current financial circumstances. Get to the point where you can say, “I can, and I will.”

I want you to believe failure is not an option and that you can accomplish and do everything you've ever said you've wanted to do.

Be spontaneous and go on that trip you've always wanted to go on even if it takes years of preparation. The more you sit and wait and say you can’t, the more life passes you by and the more you wish you would have at least tried. Before you know it, it’ll be too late. Live your life while you can, and create a legacy!

As for me, I will get to that point where at any given moment, I can order my plane ticket to the next spot and have the time of my life.

I’m planning my next trip now, because “It’s better to look back on life and say: ‘I can’t believe I did that.’ Than to look back and say: ‘I wish I did that’.”

Brytnie Jones, of Gary, is a freshman at Earlham College. The opinions are the writer's.

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