There used to be a time when we would ‘save it for best’, meaning that the set of bone china you were gifted or the bottle of vintage port that you bought for an anniversary would be put away until it was deemed to be an appropriate occasion to bring it out to use or drink.
What happened, of course, was that the dinner service was never used and the bottle was never drunk because it was never the right time and before long it was too late to enjoy. We wait and wait until we assume the opportunity to do something has arrived, but as we all know, the longer you wait the less likely it is that the time will be right and then we have regrets.
Do we ever learn our lesson? The same principle can apply to anything in our lives… our careers, our hobbies, our passions. Why wait?
You may be in a job that you are good at, but do you love it? As the saying goes: “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Think about what you really enjoyed doing long before you had to worry about exams or getting onto the career ladder. Get back in touch with those instincts and consider pursuing a new vocation. Take a course at night school, look at an online learning prospectus, or go to pottery classes. It’s never too late.
The same adage can be prescribed to your relationships. Don’t wait to tell someone that you care or love them before it is too late. Tomorrow is never guaranteed and isn’t it nicer to tell someone in person what your feelings are rather than when they are gone. Celebrate life and those who matter to you every day.
We don’t know what’s around the corner and there are many unexpected things that can unfortunately get thrown our way during our lives. Wouldn’t you rather use a special item now than find it past its best at the back of a cupboard, or lost or damaged, before you were able to get some joy from it?
How many of us don’t invite friends over because we haven’t had time to clean the house or are ashamed of the old faded sofas? The truth is that they will just be happy to spend time with you and aren’t worried about the state of your home. Something as simple as sharing a good cup of tea or a glass of wine with friends can be extra special.
Travel is another area which many of us put off from doing, thinking that there will come a better time to follow our wanderlust. Another inspirational quote sums this up completely: “The only trip you will regret is the one you don’t take.” Make plans to go to those special places now because life can go by in the blink of an eye, leaving many dreams and plans unfulfilled. Also realise that if there is a particular place that you have always dreamed of visiting, it may no longer be as easy to do so when you are older, because in a world of political unrest it may not be a place that is open to travellers in the future.
Are you worried about wearing that silk shirt in case you get it dirty? Little girls don’t need an excuse to dress up in their tiaras and sparkly dresses, and neither should we. If you wait too long for the right occasion to come along, you could be waiting a long time. Why not bring out that sequined dress, put on those long dangly earrings and strut your stuff, even if it is just for a night out with the girls.
So get out those good plates, drink the Champagne you were given on your birthday, use the crystal wine glasses and even when you don’t have guests, put out the guest towels and use that expensive perfume. Embrace the good things in life, break out of the ordinary and make everyday a special day.
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam