January 29, 2012

There are no excuses

"20 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." - Mark Twain

Dick Hoyt's son, Rick, was born with cerebral palsy. Dick could have used his son's disability as an excuse. He could have chosen to have kept his son moored safely in the harbor. Instead, Dick's son is the reason why Dick has pursued what most would think to be impossible. Dick's love for his son is the reason why Rick has lived a life that his doctors said could not be lived.  On the good days and the bad, during the long training runs and the exhausting swims, when he couldn't see the hope and possibility, Dick's son was the reason why he chose to throw off the bowlines and sail away from the harbor. 

"Excuse" is a word that shouldn't exist. There are no excuses, everything is a reason. The question is: will our "excuses" be reasons why we choose to pursue our dreams or reasons why we won't?

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