Hi, my name is Neely. I’m a forty-something call center cubicle monkey.

One morning I was in that half dreaming, half waking state. You know the one I’m talking about, the one you get before your alarm is set to go off. The body anticipating another day. And in that half state I saw my life as a mirror. Well, not one mirror, but a mirror looking into another mirror until it became that endless corridor of reflected images that seem to go on into infinity. And in that mirror I was hitting the alarm so I could stumble out of bed, brush my teeth, wash my face, dress, grab my lunch and my things only to rush out the door to get stuck in morning traffic and worry I’d be late to my job. If I wasn’t running late,  maybe grabbing a coffee and some fast food on the way, so I could eat at my desk as I clocked in for my eight hour day. Each week day would end as it always did, with me tired and reversing my trek through rush hour traffic, only to go home, exercise (if I wasn’t exhausted), eat, and go to bed only to wake up and do it all over again.

This horrified me so much I jumped out of bed before the alarm (that rarely happens-I like my sleep). I’m in my forties, let me stress that again. And with that vision of the mirrors I saw myself doing the same thing with no break until I dropped. I’m saving for my retirement as best I can, as I have done since my twenties. But, and let’s be real, the way the economy continues to go, I’ll be lucky not to be eating cat food and fighting people for clean water to drink unless I do something about it.

If you’re like me, and that’s the future you see for yourself, then you’re asking yourself the same question: If I don’t make a change in my life now, then when? If I don’t stare down the risk of failure so my dreams can succeed, then when?

I’m doing it now, I’m taking that chance for something more – right now and in the future, too. Because if not now, then never.

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