Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.
Did Mark Twain really say this? I can’t find the original, so I’m not sure, but there are several sources that have it attributed to Twain. But I’ve been thinking about this quote as I look back on 2007. I can confidently say I sailed away from safe harbor in 2006. But in 2007, I began to tread water, to second guess myself. I feared the sails might even be in shreds. And the boat’s motor gave out a long time ago. So rather than wander around in circles, blown about by the wind and wishing the Coast Guard would somehow come save my tattered shred of a novel, 2008 is going to be the year I swim. It’s going to take a lot of muscle. But there’s a lot yet to be discovered. The horizon is just ahead.