Our story is the story of the universe. Every piece of everyone you love, everyone you hate, of the thing you hold most precious, was assembled from the forces of nature in the first few minutes of the life of the universe. Transformed in the hearts of stars or created in their fiery deaths. And, when you die, those pieces will be returned to the universe in the endless cycle of death and rebirth. What a wonderful thing it is to be a part of that universe – what a story, what a majestic story. ~ Brian Cox
How many times have I been in the right place at the exact right time and had the opportunity to do something great and missed it? Maybe I should have gone over and sat with someone, or overheard a conversation, or ordered the right kind of smoothie from the man behind the counter, or worn red, or just not be so damned introverted. How many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities have I missed? What if my life will be ordinary because I missed them?
But what if realizing this is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Maybe from here on out I will be brave, and do the incredibly difficult small things that we are challenged with everyday. My life will be great because of all the opportunities I missed, not in spite of them. The opportunities I don’t take are more important than the opportunities that I do.