Thursday, July 26, 2012

All or Nothing Day


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By Diane Forrest

When my son was in college a few years ago, I was surprised and shocked to learn that he had gone out of town with some of his friends to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.  As for myself, I can't imagine why anyone would want to jump out of a plane, unless it was fixing to crash, but many enjoy the thrill of floating in air.  Such as President George H.W. Bush who likes to skydive on his birthday.
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Recently I found out that this year, instead of jumping out of a plane, my son went up and flew it.  While I prefer he keep both of his feet on the ground, I have to commend his courage and resourcefulness.  With him, it’s either all or nothing.  When I told my father about his flying, hoping to "shock" him, all I got was my father wishing he had taken flying lessons when he was younger.  Who knew?
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There are many people in this world what are risk takers, rule breakers, and those who like to play it safe. I have a friend who likes to bet on horse races. When he goes, he will take a friend along with him.  His friend will place a single bet with all his has in his pocket, not being satisfied with a small bet on each race. If he wins, he wants to win big, but when he loses, he loses everything.  I guess that’s where the phase "easy come, easy go" comes from.
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Today is All or Nothing Day.  It's a day where you can just say to yourself, "what have I got to lose?'  Just bite the bullet and take the plunge.  You don't have to do something extreme like jumping out of a plane, or betting the bank, you can simply talk to your crush, or tell him/her that you love them.  You can make an apology over a long time burden you have been carrying.  You can even try something new like order a strange dish at a local restaurant.  All or Nothing Day is a time to take risks and live on the edge. Live like today is your last day alive and let your inner daredevil shine.
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So today, try something new, give it all you got, and who knows, something wonderful may happen to you.

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