Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

I had lunch today with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and we talked about where we were professionally at this stage in our lives, and where we wanted to be in the future.  I confided that I’ve been going through a tough time, struggling with the imbalance I currently feel in my life.

He mentioned the saying that “life is not a dress rehearsal.”  And as we were talking, I realized the inherent truthfulness of that cliche, except perhaps, for the actors in “Spiderman:  Turn off the Dark.”  He reminded me that I need to seize the day; that sometimes you need to take risks; that the years come and go, and once they’ve passed, there’s no getting them back.

He also tried to boost my morale by reassuring me that I’m smart enough to find my way and that sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith.

I returned to work after lunch feeling hopeful, if not a little wistful.  I’m still incredibly anxious about what my future holds, but I’m a little more motivated to make something happen than I was a week ago.  I have no idea how long that motivation will last, but if I get a week out of it, I’ll take it…

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