What Would You do With Your Life if You Could do Anything?


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Life is short. In fact, it seems to rush by faster and faster. Many people give up on developing new dreams. And yet life is full of possibilities at every moment. I think it’s important to pack life with living to make it really juicy! My goal is to be able to lie on that last hospital bed and think, ‘Yes! I REALLY lived this life!’

Here is the inspirational story of Janice who started a new life at 75. I visited her just after her husband had died.

“What do you want to do with your life now?” I asked.
“My son wants me to go into a resthome.”
“You haven’t answered my question.”
“I’m too old to start something new.”
“If you weren’t too old, what would you like to start?” I asked.
“I know it sounds silly, but I would like to design clothes that women my age would enjoy wearing.”
Then she clapped her hand to her mouth. “But my children would think I’m crazy if I started something like that at my age.”

Six months later, Janice started her new business. Now, some years later, her designs have taken off and she is enjoying a new lease of life. She wrote to me a while ago:

“Following my impossible dream has changed my life. I thought the death of my husband was the end of the road, but it was the beginning of a new path.”

What would you do with your life if you could do anything you liked?

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  1. Trent M. says:

    The opening paragraph is well written and really puts the reader in perspective. Attention grabbing, as always.
    The story of Janice is truly inspirational. It shows that there’s nothing (relatively) that you can’t do if you put your heart and mind to it. Being as young as 17, I already feel as if I’m “old”, as pathetic as it sounds. But a lot of that is my fear of becoming a part of the real world. I’m very close with my mother and I can’t imagine living without her, or not living with her I should say. I’m simply not emotionally ready for it.
    But I understand that is where I am the one to take care of that. I need to have faith in myself and be positive. Things will work out. I’m naturally, or at least, have become, a very pessimistic person.
    However, I’ve come to realize that being so negative not only helps me in any way, but it can also hinder me and have bad effects on my friends and family. I choose to do something about that and change in every way for the better.
    Sorry to babble on, Ms. Jaksch.
    Thank you for sharing this. :3

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