You can say it however you want:
Choose today. | Live life now. | Carpe diem. | Now or never. | Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today. | You can't take it with you. | Life's too short for nickel slots.
I'll race you to Pinterest to find more life-affirming inspirational quotes.
But really, it's true. You don't know what tomorrow brings. So what are we waiting for? Why would we live with regrets, wishing we had done or said something, but hadn't?
Here's my story -- and also the explanation for writing this on my photography blog in the first place.
Let's go back in time to December 2011. I had just celebrated my birthday. This one was hitting me a little harder than usual. I turned 38. That's REALLY close to 40. I understood that when I did turn 40, like most people, I'd have a hard enough time dealing with the actual 4-0, so I didn't need any peripheral jibber jabber going on in my head. I didn't want to turn 40 and wish I had done things differently.
So right then and there, I knew the one thing I had to do. (Okay, there were many little things, but I'm not here to bore you about flossing and weight loss.) After years of hearing family and friends - and my ever-so patient husband - tell me I should go into the photography business, I knew the time had come. It dawned on me that if I didn't start then, by the time I turned 40 I'd regret NOT starting a business…or I'd regret starting one, but if that were the case, it would be easy enough to close up shop, pat myself on the back and say I gave it a try. But I knew I had to start RIGHT THEN to allow enough time to prove to myself that I could do it and succeed - all before my 40th birthday.
For those of you who work/live/breathe in a creative field or are business owners, you know why this was not a decision to make lightly. I REALLY had to dig deep, let go and completely put myself out there. It wasn't easy. I'll be honest, while it all looks like fun and games and butterflies and rainbows, there were many nights I'd end up in tears, begging to know what monster convinced me to start a photography business. But then I'd wake up the next morning and realize that 1. you can't please everyone, 2. especially when that comes to yourself and 3. move the heck on, you just started a business for goodness sake.
I had many bumps in the road, many stalled cars (metaphorically speaking, knock on wood) and many really good (hard) learning experiences. I learned where I draw my line, how I work best and finally, FINALLY, I now know what I'm capable of achieving. Just because I "started a business" didn't make me any closer to that realization than before. But now I know. I can do this, people. Just watch me go!
And looky here. Today is my birthday. MY 40TH BIRTHDAY (sorry for the all caps, Mom). I am proud to say that I have no regrets. I took a chance and built a business from the bottom up. I. DID. IT. And I LOVE IT.
I took the leap, spread my wings and I'm soaring, baby! I'm soaring!