“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
I watched the last episode of a four-episode series called Better Late Than Never today. It’s about four American celebrities – William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw, who travel through Asia and immerse themselves in the cultures of their host countries, and check off items from their bucket lists.
I didn’t think I was going to find the show that entertaining, but it turned out to be one of the most touching programs I’ve seen in a long time. Aside from the humor and antics of these joyful characters, not only did I get to go along for the ride on their experiences, but it reaffirmed my notion that age is a state of mind; that we are all one; and that when you let go of your limiting beliefs, you open yourself to a world of wonder and magic; literally.
As I watched them embrace the food, customs, and unique traditions of a land far from their comfort zone, it filled me with joy to see their child-like expressions and reactions to their experiences. I watched in Divine silence as they interacted with majestic elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand – I was moved to tears with the magnificence of the scene. But what stood out the most was how much they, and I learned about ourselves.
“Experiencing the unknown brings your limits to the fore, where you have the choice to challenge them and reap the rewards of the unknown, or to cling to falsely perceived safety, and forego an opportunity of a lifetime.”
– Rajni Kurichh
Trying new things and being open to new experiences will take you a long way to clearing your perceived limits, and allowing you to get closer to true freedom of spirit.
I took some time to find these amazing images of some of the most beautiful places in the world for today’s post. There were so many to choose from, so I picked the ones that spoke to my soul. I hope they whet your “try new things” palette. Enjoy.
It’s true – in hindsight we find out that we’re not disappointed by what we did, but what we didn’t do. Go ahead, do the things that speak to your soul.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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