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

Mark Twain

This is something which I have to keep telling myself time and time again because I know how very true it is. The things that you decide not to do are the ones that haunt you the most. This is especially true of the things that you tell yourself over and over and promise yourself that you will do but somewhere down the line, a cloud of excuses gets in the way. I am determined not to let this happen to me. I often read articles differentiating between the thinkers and the doers which always prompts me to contemplate which category I fall under. Reading such articles always scares me into action as there will always be that niggling fear of not doing what I say I will. Whether it be a diet, a marathon, a destination or a profession, we should always follow our desires. However all too often we live in fear, fear of the unknown and the instability of the unknown. I can feel  that fear all too well right now. I’m currently working in a stable job with a steady income and the luxuries of home, life is very comfortable but entirely unfulfilling. It’s an interim period of my life to save for the next step. I’ve set myself a date where I’ll leave this life behind which slightly terrifies me. I often find myself making excuses not to go, or to extend my stay at home because of the fear of such a drastic change. Fortunately I know from past experience that it will all work out and that as soon as my journey begins I will know that it is the right one for me. I guess what I am trying to say is that if I hadn’t ever left home all those years ago then I might  not be leaving again now because I would not know of the benefits of starting a new life, of travelling alone or my strength. But leaving before has taught me that I can leave again. Live not in the fear of the unknown but go forth and accomplish your dreams. Don’t overthink it, just do it. Otherwise twenty years from now you will regret the dreams that you didn’t live out not the ones you did.


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Laura says:

February 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Beautifully written, Faye! I cannot wait to see where you’ll go/what you’ll do next. I wish you all the best in life and I hope I get to meet you in Paris someday. :)

Laura x

Dad says:

March 2, 2015 at 9:43 pm

I am so proud of you
The way you think is so refreshing for such a young person, I hope in someway that your positive attitude and the ability to be
a person who says’ lets go for it’ in some way is down to the environment you were bought up in