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The Day I Realised I was Running Out of Time

Living your life over again

If you can calculate the odds of living your life all over again, would you do the same things you are doing now? If you are 35 now, starting all over would make you 70. By 40, starting over will make you eighty.

If we don't seize the day, time will be running out to accomplish all the goals we have in mind.  

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Living your life over again

If you can calculate the odds of living your life all over again, would you do the same things you are doing now? If you are 35 now, starting all over would make you 70. By 40, starting over will make you eighty.

If we don't seize the day, time will be running out to accomplish all the goals we have in mind.  

Your life starts NOW

Instead of becoming discouraged by all the goals that have not been completed, decide to start living. Live with clarity and direction. 

Realize that the time is passing, but it's what we do every moment forward that counts.

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