"So often in my life have I heard people say, 'I always fancied doing this...being like that... going here and there.....etc.' Whenever I hear such common expressions of regret it saddens me; not because the person never did them, but rather that they never tried and therefore never knew if they could! Just because we've never done it, doesn't mean we haven't the ability to do it.
I once owned a bitch called Abby, who never seemed to do anything except sleep around all day long. Every time I looked at Abby, she was napping. I can tell you most truthfully that not once did Abby ever go too near a river, let alone enter one. Never in her lifetime did Abby need to swim, but I know instinctively that she could have done had she found herself in deep water. Humans are no different in many respects; we too have the innate ability to succeed beyond our wildest dreams when push comes to shove and staying still is no longer an option for us.
Some want it to happen, some wish it would happen and others will make it happen! If you want something in life badly enough, you've just got to learn to bite the bullet and 'go for it'. These are the bare facts of how to be content instead of leading a life of permanent regret. Success or satisfaction in life is no more than a waking dream. Ask yourself, 'If not me, who? If not now, when?' Had mankind never aspired of reaching the moon or not dreamed that we would one day get there, we never would have!
There are many reasons for never taking the plunge; fear of change along with uncertainty of outcome are chief among them.
As C.S. Lewis said, 'There are far,far better things ahead than we leave behind.' So breathe in deeply and take the plunge. The water isn't as cold as you fear and you may even like it. I guarantee you'll not regret it!" William Forde: December 8th, 2015.