Friday, November 11, 2011

Waking Up

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

W. M. Lewis
Hello Lora
I used to say, half jokingly, that I was waiting around for my life to start. The life I had in my imagination, the life I thought I should be living, was not the life I had. Even though I had achieved a career as an actor, and even though, along the way, I managed to become an announcer at the two radio stations that were most important to me. I still felt there was something missing, that I should be somewhere else doing something else. One day, gratefully, I woke up and began to accept myself for who I was and what I was doing.

I have an original quotation in my Vagabond Jottings ( which says something like "Don't bother wondering what you should be dong with your life. You're doing it."

It's a trap, a bad game we can play on ourselves, to think that what we do is worthless or not the tight path in our lives. We can stack up a large pile of maybes. If only I could afford it, if I only had a better education, if I had just made a better decision back then. It's a sad story when a man works his whole life to do something he believes is right and then to end up with regrets that he didn't do something different. What a rueful trap to fall into.

But, thankfully, the big lesson and realization is that it's life itself that is important and not the superficial trappings that accompany it. That is the wisdom of senior personship. That's what's at the end of the rainbow. The reward of living is waking up to the consciousness that we can embrace life from any place, any path in the universe. And we can begin to do that whenever we are ready to.

DB - The Living Vagabond
Never Give up

What event over the past year changed your life, a lot or a little?

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I eagerly await your answers.


Jon said...

What wonderful advice and how absolutely true. I hate to think of all the time I've wasted regretting the past and worrying about the future.

Rose said...

I think you are an amazing man and have accomplished a lot and you should be very proud of yourself.

Hugs, Rose

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Living is crucial, but doing something you like makes it more enjoyable.