Nobody knows how much time they have. But one thing is for certain, today you are as old as you have ever been, and as young as you will ever be, ever again! Forget the past. Forget your age. Make today the first day of the rest of your life. Because in the end, there will be no excuses and no explanations.

It's time to be the leader of your own journey. There are far too many capable people who don't pursue their dreams and goals because they let their fears and others talk them out of it. They give up before they even try, and simply let life's river flow them downstream. Choose to be stronger than that and swim upstream when you have to. Choose to do the things in life that move you and make you happy. Let others lead small lives and argue over small things. Let others cry over small wounds and leave their future in someone else's hands. If you don't take the initiative to make your own dreams a reality, you will end up working for someone else, making their dreams reality.

As long as you keep being YOU, as long as you keep staying true to yourself and follow the passions that move you, it doesn't matter how many mistakes you make, how many jobs you do or don't get, or how many times you have to start over. None of it matters. What matters is that you're living in your truth. The people who need you will eventually find you...the real you. And you will find the people you need. It's the people in our lives who contribute to our happiness and fulfillment.

Sometimes you must be willing to say "goodbye" so you can say "hello." In life, goodbyes are a gift. When certain people walk away from you, and certain opportunities close their doors on you, there is no need to hold onto them or pray to keep them present in your life. If they close you out, take it as a direct indication that these people, circumstances and opportunities are not part of the plan for the next step of your life. It's a hint that your personal growth requires someone different and something more, and life is simply making room. So embrace your goodbyes, because every "goodbye" you receive sets you up for an even better "hello."

It's important to pay attention to life while you're living it. Realize that life is simply a collection of little chances for happiness, each lived one second at a time. Spend some time each day noticing the beauty in the space between the big events. Moments of dreaming, refreshing breezes and beautiful sunsets cannot be bettered. Realize that life is about being here and now and being completely present in the moment. Take everything in and let the little moments fill your heart with passion and love.

Make sure you share your love openly and honestly with those you love. No matter what, you're going to lose people in your life. Realize no matter how much time you spend with someone, or how much you appreciate them, sometimes it will never seem like you had enough time together.

Don't learn this lesson the hard way. Express your love. Tell people what you need to tell them. Don't shy away from important conversations because you feel awkward or uncomfortable. You never know when you might lose your opportunity.

Before you know it, you'll be asking yourself how it got so late so soon. Take time to figure yourself out. Take time to realize what it is you want and take risks. Take time to love, laugh, cry and forgive.

Life is shorter than it often seems. Take time before it's too late. Look straight ahead and say "YES" to the opportunities coming your way. Happiness and success never come to look for you while you wait around. You've got to get out there, take chances and work at it to make your dreams come true. In the end, you won't regret what you've done, nearly as much as what you haven't.

Wishing you and your family a warm and joyous Thanksgiving season!

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