English novelist Rose Tremain said, “Life is not a dress rehearsal.”

It’s a great reminder that in the grander scheme of things, there are no second chances and we only get one shot at it.

We only have a limited period of time on this planet and we’re not practicing for something else.

The lights are on, the curtain is up and the audience has bought their tickets.

This is the real thing.

And so we have a critical choice to make.

Do we potter away at meaningless activities or do we live with purpose?

Do we choose to be controlled by our fears or do we act with boldness?

Do we squander our talents or do we maximise our potential?

Do we spend our days complaining about life or do we identify a multitude of reasons to be grateful?

Do we wait to be chosen or do we choose ourselves?

Do we live on a treadmill or do we make progress towards meaningful goals?

Do we keep saying, “One day I will” or do we make today the day that we do?

Do we live self-indulgently or do we make a positive difference in the lives of others?

Do we wait for something to happen or do we make it happen?

Do we criticise the efforts of others or do we become the person in the arena?

Because this isn’t a dress rehearsal.

There are no second chances.

The stakes are high.

How will you live your life?

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