Don’t wait until tomorrow, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. If you follow me on any social media, you probably read this comment from me more than once. We all think we have plenty of time to say what needs to be said to someone we love, or to visit that place we’ve always wanted to see, or to reach for a dream that we’ve had since childhood. Most of us get to enjoy an abundance of tomorrows, we think that someday will come.
Many people don’t worry about the next day, because they haven’t had to face that moment when someone or something is no longer there. If you have had to experience unexpected loss or have regret for not taking the chance when you had it, then you may be on board the “Don’t wait until tomorrow” train with me.
I was a big fan of Gone with the Wind when I was a teen, so I read the book and watched the movie several times. Scarlett O’Hara was famous for saying things like, “I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow” and “After all tomorrow is another day”. It was Scarlett’s way to cope, and I suppose many of us do that. I used her personality and name in my book, Travelers, but when my main character met Scarlet, she realized, “...tomorrow never came when the memory had been that painful.”
I use the theme “Don’t wait until tomorrow” throughout my books. In time travel, the individual doing it has the benefit of hindsight that we don’t get in real life. If you knew the future, you may do things a little differently.
What are you waiting for to pursue your dream, take that vacation, or say those words? What excuses are you using for putting those things off? Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so maybe you should go for it today. I’m not saying throw caution to the wind like it is the movie, Ground Hog Day, and there won’t be any consequences to bad choices, because the day reboots itself. What I'm saying is if you've been waiting to take that special vacation after you’ve retired, you may never go.
In my book, Settlers, one of my characters ends up on the Titanic. We know how that went for the passengers aboard. They expected tomorrow would come, and it didn't for many. Erma Bombeck, a humorist author, wrote a poignant comment about that day, “Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No, thank' you to dessert that night. And for what?!”
Don’t turn down the dessert in life. It may not be there tomorrow.
At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. ~ Steve Maraboli
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