Don't you just hate having to give up something you love for something else you want? It's that same old Tony Robbins theory on instant versus delayed gratification. I don't mind delaying happiness as long as I don't have to give up something I like. Take the annual Melbourne Yacht Club's spring regatta. Held over two week-ends; one for small boats and one for big boats, I have attended this event probably 20 times. Because I want to turn my dream job of being a sailing journalist into a reality I have to stay indoors and focus on turning an interview with one of my heroes into a professionally written article worthy of compensation. Even moreso, this article needs to lead to the next assignment, so sayeth my interviewee and mentor. Sitting in my rocking chair when I am too old to sail and too old to even write, I want to smile and say, "Wow, what a great decision it was to add journalism to my new sailing at sixty career." In order for that statement to be true I best stop procrastinating, as Skip, the guru of Weisman Success Resources, would remind me, and get busy!

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Comment by Marlene A. Sassaman on May 4, 2009 at 7:32pm
Wow, thanks Liv for your reminder that if I don't start my sail north I'll be more unhappy than if I give it a go and it turns out badly.
Comment by Liv on April 25, 2009 at 5:04pm
Ahh.. I'm one of those people who believes in 'if at all possible, do what makes you most happy", regardless of age, gender.. etc. If you don't try anything, even at the risk of failing, you can never say " at least I gave it a go, I did what I needed to do' ' when sitting at that rocking chair at a very old age.:-)

Sometimes, when trying out new things, when things don't work out, we fall flat on our faces , but at least we learned something.
I see life as a learning experience. We must try new things, we must learn, we may fail, but we may also succed. And, when we succeed, we will be happy.
Liv, who tried many things later in life, learned many new things and is happy that she did.

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