This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll be 82 and looking back.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —the best years of life will be gone.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize how much time you wasted.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that playing small served no one.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that living vicariously leaves you empty.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that you had a window of opportunity.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize ‘someday’ was an illusion and never came.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that playing it safe is the most daunting risk.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize life’s best moments were found in the mystery.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that there is no loss when you go for it full tilt.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that putting things off until you have more time or money never works.)

This is not a dress rehearsal.

(Soon enough —you’ll recognize that most of the noise you freely gave your attention to was a distraction.)

The reality is:

It’s not too late —but the clock’s ticking.

As Seneca once brilliantly said:

You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.

Read that three times and if it doesn’t wake you up —I’m unsure what will.

This is not a dress rehearsal.

Will you stop acting like it is?

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