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Tomorrow

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Tomorrow has always been my favourite day.

No matter how good today has been, tomorrow offers infinite opportunities to be even better.
If today has sucked, then tomorrow's a new chance to have a good day. Also, it offers the chance to do the things that I didn't quite get around to today - to read that book, do that exercise, or complete that chore that is a real pain and really can wait just one more day.

Tomorrow is a day of endless opportunities. It's also not guaranteed to arrive. One of my parents' favourite sayings when I was procrastinating as a child was that 'tomorrow never comes'.

I knew what they were trying to teach me, back then it was more to do with tidying up the comics strewn around my room than anything else, but it's a lesson I and many of us have never really taken to heart.

This started to change for me three years ago. I turned 45. It's not an especially large number by modern standards, but I started to reflect on the time I had wasted by waiting until tomorrow. Too many opportunities missed, too many mistakes made due to complacency. Tomorrow is a temptation, a chance to still plan to do something without actually ever doing it so the self-annoyance never really sets in.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed, a harsh lesson that many of us know already but haven't really learned. Today is the greatest gift you will ever receive. It's the only today you'll ever get. Use it wisely.

I know life is a treadmill at times, as we all do the things we have to do in order to pay bills, have a clean house and so on. Take five minutes to read the book, listen to the song, do those push ups. Take five minutes to tell the people you love what they mean to you. Five minutes out of 24 hours isn't so much. Don't leave it until tomorrow as that day never comes.

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Tomorrow - James

For Ann.

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