If you're my age, you probably knew about David Cassidy because of your older sister.
In the early 70s he was like a combination early-stage DiCaprio and Bieber, starring on a hit TV show while simultaneously selling millions of records as a pop singer. He was on the cover of seemingly every teen magazine my sister brought home. His posters adorned the walls of my her bedroom. She made our family watch every episode of The Partridge Family. (Spoiler alert: The show hasn't aged well. But then again neither have I.)
So I paused for a moment when I heard last week that David Cassidy had died from organ failure at the age of 67. My sister's infatuation was one of the touchstones of my youth.
And then I paused a lot longer when I heard his daughter, Katie Cassidy, talk about his last moments.
"My father's last words," she said, "were, 'So much wasted time.'"
Think of all the things you have wanted to do... but never did. What did you do instead?
If you're like me, you can't recall. All that time is just gone -- and whatever I did instead clearly wasn't even worth remembering.
Then think about one thing you dreamed of doing five or ten years ago but didn't work to do -- and think about how good you would be today at that pursuit if you had started doing it five or ten years ago.
In short, think about all the time you have wasted and can never get back.
Then, today, start pushing yourself to do what you want to do so that five or ten years from now you won't look back with regret.
Sure, the work will be hard. Sure, the work will be painful. But it's a lot less painful than thinking back on what will never be.
The pain of regret is always, always, always worse than the pain of effort.
So don't wait for the right time. While you wait, life passes you by.
The right time is always right now.