• Emily Johnson


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Mark Twain - you were right AND I also disagree. I think TEN years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do. I first heard Twain's quote when I was in high school just over twenty years ago. I remember learning of it from my friend Matt who I had an enormous crush on and who I was too chicken to ask to the prom. I'm fairly certain I told Matt this at our 20th high school reunion but in case I didn't - Matt now you AND the entire world knows. (Boarding school makes everything about adolescence extra awkward.) The quote stuck with me - so much so that I still have the original copy I scribbled down back in the 90's and it's on my homepage.

But as we are about to enter a new decade, I think about how 10 years from now we will be more disappointed by the things we don't do. (Sorry Mark Twain - 10 is the new 20).

Think about ALL that you have accomplished in 10 years. It's amazing isn't it?

It's easy to think about all you haven't done yet OR all the things you want to do. I would challenge you to think about all the hard things, all the loss in the last 10 years that you may have experienced. We would not be where we are today without those things. But back to those things you didn't do ...

What's up with that? Go. Do. The. Things. Do them now. Not when you have the time or the money. If you wait for all those excuses to become realities it's never going to happen. Life is happening now and it is NOT stopping. Some of you don't even have 20 years left. Take the trips. Write the book. Change your career. Say I love you. Take control of your health.


How? Change your mind. That's it. It's not sexy, it's not flashy. It takes work to change your mind. Give up trying to be right. If you are stuck trying to be right look at all you are losing. That's malarkey. Give in to flexibility. Flexible thinking ... that's where it's at.

Where and how can you be more flexible? What opportunity do you want to open up? If all you want is to touch your toes - that's cool too. It's a start. Start from where you are NOW.

2020 - let's go. Even more Beautiful, Even more Bold, Even more Juicy.

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