Quote from Mark Twain

“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

[Tranquility in the harbour of Skarø / Beschaulichkeit im Hafen von Skarø. Originally uploaded by Markus Merz]

I learned of the quote via Shel’s post, about a blogger from Guam, Leo Babauta, who quit his job to become a pro-blogger“.

Mark Twain’s quote was another reminder for me why it’s necessary to try and live our dream, rather than lament that it didn’t happen.

But living one’s dream doesn’t mean going off the extreme. Like quitting our jobs to make music full-time.

Adrian and I have no plans to make music full-time band. Maybe we’d be able to do that when we retire but that’ll mean another 30 years at least.

Meantime, we’re not going to wait 30 years to make music.

In fact, if you read Leo’s post, you’ll know he didn’t take the plunge blindly. He planned ahead (fascinating read on how he made sure he cleared his debts) before making a decision to go pro.

So who knows? Perhaps in 20 to 30 years time, Adrian and I might be making music full-time. Financially profitable even.

Of course that’s just a wish.

But you know the saying… starting something doesn’t guarantee success but you definitely won’t have any chance for success if you don’t even start.

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