Monday, September 2, 2013

Writing exercise

The prompt: A few weeks before your thirtieth high school reunion, your former class president gives you a call. He teases you about skipping all the previous reunions and then says that your absence over the years - along with your new celebrity status as a famous author - makes you the perfect keynote speaker at the upcoming reunion. Your topic? A quote from George Eliot: "It's never too late to be what you might have been." Write your speech.

It's never too late to be what you might have been. This has meaning to me, since I am now realizing a dream of mine to be an author, but it also has meaning to all of us here - we can all be more than what we are now. We all had dreams, things we wanted to accomplish in life. What is holding you back? Money? You will never have enough even if you are the richest billionaire on the planet. They always want more. Time? You are running out. We're all halfway through our life so what are you waiting for? Your ambition is still there, buried under the excuses. And that's all they are - excuses.

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Those fears keeps us from becoming the best of ourselves. Fear is a great motivator. It keeps us from trying because we're scared of what others will think or say. So what? Who put them in charge? And who are theses mysterious "They" anyway? You want to know who they are? They are people just like you and me with the same fears and misconceptions and excuses. And so what if they don't like what you do? There are going to be plenty of people out there who love you and what you have achieved. Those are the people you want to strive to make happy. Because in turn they will make you happy.

What is too late anyway? It's death. That's what too late is. When we are in the ground or turned to ash what's it matter what we did or did not achieve in our lifetimes? It's gone. The time is up. And you won't care anymore. So it's not too late if you're still breathing. Your dreams are still there. Your wishes are still there, sitting quietly. Waiting for you to do something. Make yourself proud and be what you might have been if fear and excuses hadn't stopped you!