“Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today´s theme just kind of came to me as I woke up this morning. I usually have a direct plan in my head of what I will write for the blog on a certain day, but today I didn´t. It is kind of ironic that this idea of seizing the day came to me. Many of us are so focused on what our futures will bring, that sometimes I think we tend to forget how wonderful it is to live in the now. After all, there is no guarantee for tomorrow. We as humans are only granted today, and I find this to be a very precious gift.
Sometimes with our overloaded schedules and future agendas, we tend to pass on present opportunities that may arise in our daily lives. An example would be if a friend invites you to a baseball game one day, but you turn him or her down because you are trying to save money for whatever reason. Now I am sure most people would probably attend the game, but for those of you who wouldn´t, why not? What happens if you never get asked to another game? That might have been your only chance to ever watch a baseball game depending on your work situation, schedule, etc. You never know. Now I totally commend people who save money for their future living. I am not saying go out and blow all the savings that you have, and just live it up without any care in the world. If you want to do this, I am not judging, that is your preference. But what I am saying is we can become more aware to trying to live our lives to the fullest extent each and everyday. If we are on the fence about making a decision for whatever reason, but really want to do it, then I say go for it!
A personal example for me would be the decision to pursue my relationship with my fiancee. Being an American who lives in Europe, I NEVER had any qualms about coming back to the United States. I knew I would go play for a few years, make some good money and come back home. I had a steady girlfriend at that time and just knew I would settle down in the states somewhere. But after my ex and I had a mutual break up, fate intervened, and I met my fiancee one night in Germany while we were out. Now I had a choice of pursuing this relationhip on a deeper level, or just have some fun with this girl and head back home, knowing I didn´t want a serious relationship with a foreigner. I decided to seize the moment and form a relationship with this lovely German girl. And it was hands down, one of, if not the best, decision I have ever made in my life. I could not be happier with the way things have turned out. Let´s just say I am a very lucky guy to have this woman in my life. So now my previous disposition of living in America after retiring from basketball has sort of taken a backseat to the idea of living in Germany in the future.
You never know what life is going to throw at you. My advice is to grab onto whatever it may be and pursue your dreams. Live your life to the fullest because we only get this one true life. Everyday should be a gift since each of us is unique from one another. No one wants to look back at their life and have a list full of regrets. We all will eventually have some, that is just a part of living. But you want to look back and see all the great choices that were made in order to shape who you are today. Choices that were made for the present, not for the future. Who knows, sometimes these choices lead to future happenings as well. If we are aware of some regrets, then that will prepare us to make a better decision the next time around. I wish you good luck in your pursuit of of seizing your day. I hope everyone out there can find something that is worth living for each and everyday. God bless!