Last Saturday, November 9th it was warm enough for a long bike ride in Des Moines. I was smiling like an idiot the whole time and waving at everyone I passed. My mood was for the most part giddy because it probably was the last ride of the year and I was going to squeeze every bit of happiness out of the 3 hours on my bike. Apparently being out on the trail was a common thought with a lot of other people - bikers, runners, skaters, people playing Pokémon Go (not paying attention) and every professional photographer in the greater city of Des Moines. The photographers (I assumed) had a license from God to take up the whole trail to get “just the right angle”. In my joyful exuberance I screamed “EXCUSE ME” a lot (as opposed to bowling them over and I can’t deny that I seriously considered this.) Nevertheless, it was a marvelous day.
Today it’s hovering around zero degrees. Snow and ice.
My takeaway is that if you want to do something - do it. Now. Tomorrow the opportunity may be lost. I read this book once and the premise was that opportunities are not common and when one presents itself, totally accept it as a gift. Remember the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey? By saying “yes” - he opened himself to so many things he’d have never done before. Many times I’ve found and used excuses - any will do - to avoid doing whatever. And later, I’d regret my choice to not participate. Don’t let life pass you by because of fear or apathy or whatever excuse you can conjure up. Just do it and smile like an idiot the whole time. Why have regrets?