“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
I thought this quote was appropriate given we are starting the school year. We always encourage the kids to try out for as many things as they can, get involved with lots of school activities, and keep up with their “usual” activities (soccer, swimming, tennis, skiing). I don’t want them to regret years later not trying things, or exploring new adventures…now is the time.
But now is the time for Rob and me too! As Rob and I have been playing a lot more tennis recently (the US Open inspired Rob to want to play every day), I was thinking back to when I first picked up a racquet….
Rob is an amazing player and taught for years, so was more than happy to teach me. He started teaching me a few years ago – we actually “played” tennis on our fourth date (I had no idea at the time how good he was otherwise I might not have ageed to subject myself to the embarrassment). But, it has been a bit sporadic over the recent years, given our hectic life schedules.
Rob is a very patient teacher (he’s also my ski instructor:))but whenever he would hit me a “real” ball or serve a “real serve” (with his force) – I would get mad at him. It was impossible for me to even make contact with those balls. I even have a perfect circular bruise on my leg when a ball hit me just last week!
But, the other day, I made contact with one of his serves, and I was able to really rally with him!
Who knew! I was so pleased with myself. I’m so glad that what had once seemed impossible has now become a motivator to get even better (perhaps I can beat him one day?!?!) Just kidding honey.
Just a tiny example that it is never too late to start trying new things. No regrets.