Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
I love this quote. I use it as an excuse whenever my Dad tells me off for getting another tattoo or piercing, or from when I do something that I know I’m going to get in trouble for later. To me what this quote means is that in general people are afraid to do what they really want to do. They’re afraid to take a risk for fear of failing, or being judged. So they play it safe, but in twenty years time, they look back and think of all the things they had wished they’d done. I’m only twenty two and I’m already doing that!
This quote is mostly associated with Mark Twain, though there is no evidence he ever said this. I hope he did, just because I love Mark Twain so it would make this quote mean even more to me than it does already.
I hope this quote has the same effect on you as it does on me. By that I mean, I hope it makes you want to go out and take a risk. Do something that you’ve always wanted but haven’t. Change your hair, tell that person you like them, get a new job. At the end of day, what is the worst that could happen? You might actually find what you’re looking for and, be happy.