I often think and speak about living life without regret and acting out your dreams, not just dreaming them. I often tell people “Life is short! Act now!” It is normally in some sort of a Taekwon-Do or training related context, but the same is, definitely, true in life.

This past week it really hit home with the loss of an ex-Taekwon-Do-student, friend and Capoeira instructor, Luke Niddrie, who was 27 years of age. He was trully one of the few that lived life to the full in his own special and unique way. Looking around at his memorial was a testament to his character – it was full of young men and women on whom he had had an impact – most of them in tears. In spite of his early departure, there is no doubt that he had his priorities in check and wasn’t afraid to do the things that he loved.

I think every person can learn from this experience. So often we dwell on inconsequential nonsense instead of on the things that really count. Things like family, friends and the activities that we love. We never know when it will be our time to go, so if there is something you have always wanted to do, then act on the impulse. Don’t let your dreams fade away into darkness. We only get one shot at this thing called life, so we should make the most of it, and make no room for excuses.