Every once in a while, I would tell myself, “I’m going to call my Uncle Tim next week.” But the weeks turned into months, and it didn’t happen nearly often enough. Then he passed away a couple of weeks ago. I missed my opportunity.
When I was in high school, the band Alabama hit the country music scene nationally and quickly became my favorite band. I loved that they were way more southern rock in concert than they could be on the radio. In 2003, they retired; then a few years ago, got back together and began touring again. I kept telling myself “I want to see them in concert again. Maybe they’ll come to Pittsburgh…” I passed on Lancaster and Buffalo and Cleveland because it wasn’t convenient, or too expensive. This week, I found out that their lead guitarist has Parkinson’s and won’t be touring with them anymore. It won’t be same. I missed my opportunity.
In 2013, the Pirates made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. I thought about going down for a playoff game, but decided it was too expensive and I didn’t have time. Same thing the next two years. Then in 2016, they didn’t make the playoffs. I missed my opportunity.
I could go on and list a hundred other things. Some important, some not so important. Some involving people, some involving places, some involving events. Missed opportunities.
To be fair, life happens. We all have to make choices. Money spent on concert tickets or sports events is money that could be spent on Oreo Blizzards or debt retirement. Time spent with one person means time you cannot spend with another person. Traveling to one place means you don’t have time to spend going to another place.
But here’s the thing – every day, we are presented with opportunities. Every day, we have choices to make. And every day, some opportunities pass us by.
We cannot take advantage of every opportunity. So we have to make intentional choices about what we will do and what we will not do, who we will spend time with and who we will not spend time with, what we will spend money on and what we will not spend money on.
If we don’t make intentional choices, life will pass us by. Opportunities will be missed without us realizing it at the time.
So seize the day. Make your choices. Don’t let inconvenience or busyness keep you from calling that person, making that memory, chasing that dream.
Seize the day. Because one day, our opportunities will be lost.