Friday, February 24, 2012

Drive Fast, Take Chances

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
~ Oscar Wilde

Have you ever met someone that just seemed to get life? They weren't afraid to face a challenge. They seemed to have an attitude of, "What's the worse that can happen?"

Have you ever passed up an opportunity because you were afraid of failure, because you didn't want to be embarrassed if you didn't succeed? My question to you is, "So what if you fail? Did you learn from it? Are you a stronger person because of it?"

That is what is meant by "Drive Fast, Take Chances!" Don't let the possibility of the word "No" stop you from stretching yourself and experiencing life.

I was meeting with Austin's friends this week, planning the 2nd Annual "Rembering Austin Narewski" event for this June. We were discussing what design to put on the t-shirts this year. Last year we used the same design that was on the window decals Austin's friends had created after he died. A few of the friends had received ridicule because of the words that were on the decal, "Drive Fast, Take Chances".

I remember when the decals first came out a few of my friends asked me how I felt about them, to which I would respond, "I am fine with them. This is Austin's friends way of remembering and honoring him." Austin's friends were not trying to be disrespectful, they were simply reiterating the words Austin would frequently say and definately lived by. Austin used to say those four words all the time, sometimes I think it was just to get a reaction out of me (along with a loving swat on the side of the head). None of us would encourage anyone to drive fast and recklessly, that is not what these decals meant. They are simply a reminder to all of us of how Austin lived his life. He wasn't afraid to take chances, to do something that made him a little nervous, that took him out of his comfort zone. He wasn't afraid to LIVE LIFE!

There are only two things guaranteed in life. First, we have all been born (that's what birthdays are celebrated for). Second, we will all die (there's no escaping this). It's what we do in the middle that counts... so why not make it the best you can... why not find the joy even in the little things... especially the little things! You only live once - so make it worth living.

Grab life by the handle bars and go for a ride...
Make it the ride of a life time!

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