“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”
This quote from the famous Lee Ann Womack song has served as my life motto. Life is too short to be spent as a wallflower. When opportunities come knocking, don’t hesitate to open the door. So go ahead and take the job, book the flight, send the text, order the 800 cal. cheesecake, adopt the dog, take the hot yoga class, walk on the nude beach, hike the mountain, jump out of the plane. Don’t get comfortable with life, because the moment you do is the moment you have stopped living and started existing. When you try something new it can be scary, but what’s the worst that could happen? You don’t like it? Okay. Just don’t do it again. Now what’s the best thing that could happen? You find your passion in a new job? Or maybe you find a once in a lifetime companion in your new dog. Or perhaps the text you were scared to send, led to a date with your future husband. The possibilities are endless. Opening one door can lead to the opening of ten more.
There’s no rule book to life. If the things that used to make you happy no longer do, then let them go. It’s okay to move on. That’s how we move forward. So start over. And then start over again. People have a negative connotation about the word “change”, but change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It takes a lot of strength to not only understand that things are no longer how you want them, but then to take the steps to change them. So change. Change your life, change your career, change your wardrobe, change your dreams, change yourself. Change is the only constant in life, so embrace it.
I don’t believe in regrets. I know I have made mistakes, but I don’t regret them. Our mistakes have led us to where we are today and where we will continue to go. The most important thing is to learn from our mistakes. So learn, grow, try, and change. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…Dance.