American novelist Samuel Clemens (1835 - 1910) who wrote under the pen name of Mark Twain. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American novelist Samuel Clemens (1835 - 1910) who wrote under the pen name of Mark Twain. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was not only a great writer but also a man who was a student of Mark Twain. I suppose all of us would consider ourselves experts on ourselves.

But are we?

What Are The Two Most Important Days?

One of Twain’s most famous sayings is, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

That is probably the most asked question in the universe. “Why am I here?”

For those who are religious the belief is that there is a plan for them. For the atheist there is no plan. One day leads to the next.

Some people know at an early age what they want to be when they grow up. Others often never find the answer.

But what if you could find the answer? What if you could know why you are here?

Where To Look

Two of the perks of being older are knowledge and experience. Neither can be taught. As we go through life we find things that work and things that don’t.

We build our lives on the things we do well and learn from our mistakes. Or at least I hope we do.

It isn’t always fate picking you; sometimes it’s more you picking your fate. Sometimes things just fall into place. Luck is often nothing more than preparation meeting opportunity and making the most of that opportunity.

The flip side is living the same day over and over and waking up 40 years later wondering where your life went. Why you didn’t follow your dreams?

We all have dreams, goals, desires, ambitions, but the road to realize those things is often bumpy and filled with obstacles. Both mental and physical.

So often our natural reaction is to not even try. To dismiss the things that would make our lives happy and productive for the easier life others plan for us in a dead end job.

Some Final Thoughts

If you could be anything, or do anything you wanted in life, what would that be? What would really make you happy and fulfilled?

Backpacking across Europe, curing cancer, writing a symphony, building a hospital wing or inventing something that benefits all mankind.

If one of these triggers a good feeling, why not make it happen? What would it take for your life to go the way you would like it to go?

What sacrifices are you willing to take on that will make that lifestyle happen? What chances are you willing to take? How much are you willing to risk for the reward?

Life goes by in the blink of an eye. I can attest to that from personal experience. But the good news is — it’s never too late.

If a doctor gave me six months to live I would want to live those last months to the fullest.

I would pull out all the stops and take that last ride happy in the knowledge that even if I didn’t reach the goal I set for myself, — I ran a damn good race.

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