It was a perfect answer to an almost perfect question.
For several weeks I have been contemplating the phrase, Living Out An Almost Life.
It drives me out of my mind to even consider that I might be over mid-way toward the end of an almost life.
You me be wired with a similar psychological schematic.
The greatest failure of life to me, would be to get to the end of your life and realize that you almost lived out the life you were supposed to live.
How many phrases have we heard that apply to our almost existence.
“You almost hit a home run.”
“She came so close to winning the election, and almost did.”
“If only he had been less than a second faster he would have almost won the race.”
I can find nothing celebratory about almost doing anything.
As was quoted by legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, “Second place is the first place loser.”
I have not conducted a survey requesting feedback in over a year.
As a way to include others in this exploration of the almost life, let me ask each person reading this entry the same question I asked several people by text.
In fact, the opening quote, from “Mr. 90%” came from the following question.
“I am doing some research for a series I am beginning. Will you answer the following question for me? Your name will not be used. The title of the series is Living Out An Almost Life. Question: What is one major goal that you set for your life, that you have not realized in your life yet…but would still be open to it, if and when it happens.”
Please email your responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, your name will not be used, so you can be as transparent as you wish to be.
Let’s see where this goes.