If we are too scared to truly live our lives… how do you think our children will approach living theirs? I remember this ad when it came out, and as much as I sometimes rail against our consumer culture, you’ve got to hand it to those Mad Men at the ad agency. They wrote some damned good copy for this one.
Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do. Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut. Why? After all, we do only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. So stop. Try something you've never tried. Risk it. Enter a triathlon. Write a letter to the editor. Demand a raise. Call winners at the toughest court. Throw away your television. Bicycle across the United States. Try bobsledding. Try anything. Speak out against the designated hitter. Travel to a country where you don't speak the language. Patent something. Call her. You have nothing to lose and everything everything everything to gain. JUST DO IT.
Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Scary thought, eh? Scary enough to make you do something about it? Read the following and think about whether you are setting the best possible example for your kids. And if not… well, as the ad says, “Just Do It!”
Leave a comment if you’d like, but more importantly… sing your song whatever it may be. If not for yourself, then for your kids. They see and absorb everything. Even if they are surly teens at this point, don’t underestimate the impact their observation of you still has on them. Print this out and tape it to your mirror.
I’m curious, if you don’t mind sharing, what is it you’ve always wanted to do, but keep putting off to “some day”? What scares you? What’s in your bucket list that perhaps you could do sooner rather than later? What would you like your kids to do that you haven’t done? And most of all… please, as the ad says, “Just Do It!”