This bears saying as I celebrate 50 years; take away from it what you will.  For a number of years, like many of you, undoubtedly, I harbored a list of things I would like to try (see “An Abbreviated Bucket List” for the current list, or at least part of it), things that I said, “you know, I’d love to do that…someday”.  I don’t know what really clicked for me last year; perhaps it was the subtle knowledge that this day was approaching, a significant life milestone, reminding me again of my mortality.  But what happened was that I decided to go for it.  And so I started playing tennis, instead of just thinking about it, as I had been.  And so I took up acting, instead of just thinking about it, as I had been.  And so on.  It’s a principle that I hope to continue to follow, instead of finding myself one day looking back and saying, “I wish I had…”

Encapsulated in song, it’s a wish I give you.  “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”

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