He was known primarily as a humorist (which by the way is a great word). Among Mark Twain’s interesting observations:
“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”
But amidst the poking fun and sometimes biting social commentary, came reminders poignant indeed. As he grew older, Twain summed up the tendency to play life safe, avoiding risk. And in doing so, miss some of life’s greatest experiences:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Is there risk that’s crazy? Sure. Risk that’s just plain dumb? Without a doubt. But then there’s a place for stepping out and intentionally pursuing something, despite the fear, in spite of the trepidation, ignoring the present struggle, because you realize that sometimes the better lies just beyond discomfort. That’s good risk. Go after it.