Decide to Live
It's amazing how life often sends messages to you
when you need it. All you have to do is listen and be aware.
This morning I turned the television on and
channel surfed, which
I rarely do.
I came across the show Sunday Morning.
Ben Stein was giving recent graduates advice.
I'm going to paraprhase some of what he said, if
you would like to listen to full speech
Ben asked his "shrink"
how he would divide up
people who are happy from those who are not.
His shrink said people who are unhappy often
took the safe route. They chose the career path
their parents or family wanted them to take.
Later in life,
they find it is too late to follow
their heart. They haven't built up the
experience or the contacts in the field they
wanted to to choose,
I'm sure you guessed many of these
people wanted to be writers or performers.
it is never too late to at least
dabble in these fields part time.
I started writing when I turned forty.
The people who are
are the ones
who made the decsion
They dcided to follow their
They took risks.
They took chances.
They may have lived life on the edge,
but now they can say
they lived a life
Ben admits, you need to earn your keep.
So please don't go out and quit your day job.
if you want to be a writer, then write.
If you want to be a performer then perform.
Do what your heart
tells you to do to be
Don't end up being one of those people sitting
in the shrink's office complaining because you
never followed your heart.
You never dared
Make your life worth living!
"Decide to Live!"