We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
--Joseph Campbell

It may be somewhat true that patience is a virtue, and that good things come to those who wait, but surely we must not wait idly. I don't believe that good things will simply come. Good things must be first imagined, then relentlessly sought, vigorously pursued, hunted down, chased or mined, and captured so they can be lived.

I guess what the above says about me is that I don't believe those good "things" are actually things at all. The real goods in life are experiences. And I believe, that regardless of the circumstances of our lives right now, in the present moment, we are all capable of having experiences worth having.

Those who have arrived at their midlife may relate to the sense that somehow, as we get older, the balls we were used to grabbing life by become trickier to find. Our own needs are overtaken by those of our children, job demands, and obligations which, though enthusiastically chosen at one point, do fill our available time, consume available energy, and zap the imagination. And all we can do after a week's worth of rising to the occasion is collapse on the sofa and hope someone will bring us a cocktail.

Well, get up!

I am talking to you, as much as to myself. Your life is not half over, it's only half begun. This was a practice run, an ass-kicking to show you plainly and without a doubt that time waits for no one, and experiences put off are experiences un-lived.

Living is not a matter of waiting for the right moment or for the right circumstances. It's not about finding time, it's about refocusing priorities. Next week, you might not regret that TV episode you missed. But next year, or in five years, you might regret having lost some flexibility in your joints, some brightness of vision, a sense of wonder, a lust for life.

Let's go get it NOW. I'll bet that if we come out to meet them, the good things will be waiting for us.

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