Get busy living, or get busy dying.

The quote is from the movie The Shawshank Redemption.

I was talking with my aunt and she told me that her husband, who is currently working in Arizona, will be going to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. He has asked her to come out to be with him while he is working there. And get this, he has told her that she doesn’t have to work… if my husband ever said that to me, he wouldn’t have to repeat himself!

But her doing this would mean a couple of things:

  • She would have to fly by herself. I will never understand why people have a problem doing things by themselves.
  • She would have to leave her daughter (and her three children) and son behind. I told her that I read that Dr. Phil said (I can’t believe I am referencing Dr. Phil!) But he said that it’s their lives and she need to concentrate on herself and her life. (That not what he exactly said, but the meaning was there.)
  • She is worried that her grand babies will forget her. I told her that there is little chance that will happen. Her plan is to come back to visit them every two to three weeks.

I told her she should do this. When is she going to get another opportunity to do something like this?

So hence, the quote from the movie — Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Why are we afraid to do something different, something out of comfort zone? You hear people say that they don’t want to regret doing something when they get older. Well I say, why not do whatever you want to do now??

It’s scary to take that leap of faith. But when you do, sometimes it turns out to be something really good. And if it turns out bad… so what!

I am guilty of not getting out of my comfort zone, but at least I have done some things. Like moving to Massachusetts, moving to Kentucky, moving to Texas.

There are far too many people that I know that don’t take any chances at all or doing things by themselves. I have had some of the greatest times doing things by myself. My Graceland trip, to name one.

So now that I have posted this on my blog, I guess I need to — Get busy living, or get busy dying.


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