So I recently watched the movie, Transformers. It was really good and full of amazing special effects and excellent plot. Mixed in among the action and story was a great quote that I'm going to expound upon today: "Fifty years from now when you're looking back at your life don't you want to say you had the guts to get into the car." Now without seeing the movie many may be wondering how that fits into it. Well it's really cool where it comes up and how it further plays into the overall story, but I'm not here to discuss it in the movie setting, on the contrary, I want to discuss it in terms of life.
When I heard it I was immediately taken back and thought, "wow, that is really profound, especially coming from Hollywood." I mean how great is that quote. It made me think of risks and in particular taking risks regarding our life's paths. How often do we take a jump into unknown waters? How often to we have the guts to walk an unknown path and follow an unnamed destiny? Too often we live in regret, fear, and self-denial. We want to follow what seems practical, logical, and time-appropriate. Not knowing what my be in that car, not being willing to explore the unknown has caused us to become downtrodden, sad, and hopeless.
How many of us have ever wishfully thought of doing something different, of truly following our passions and hearts into that unknown? When was the last time you can say you got into that car, that you were willing to risk it all? It's not easy to say and rarely happens. Why? Why do we chose the road commonly traveled over the way less walked?
Well, I think it has a lot to do with fear. Like the characters in the movie they were scared to find out what was in store for them. We, too, have that same fear. We are scared that our lives, our future, my not be what we had always envisioned. It may be something that completely scares us or is beyond our comprehension. We may not understand how it will come to pass and so we flee from it because that's the easy thing to do. But, all it takes is one person. One person, who is willing to get into that car; one person who is willing to take that risk and walk blindly into the darkness, not knowing the way ahead, only that they have a purpose. Are you ready to be that person?
It's not easy to get to that point. It's not easy to live a life without regrets. We all have them in some aspect, but it's what we do with the path before us that matters. It's what you decide to do when a new, interesting, scary and unfathomable door opens before you. I, for one, want to know that I've made a difference in this world. I want to follow that open door wherever it leads and without any hindrances or fears. It won't be easy, if it was everyone would do it, but it's going to be an amazing ride.
What about you? What do you want to see fifty years from now?