In the end, that’s all that really matters. How did we impact the people around us and touch their lives in a positive way? Did we leave the ones who came across our path a little bit better off than we found them? ⁠Did we love our hearts out. ⁠

Love hard. Get your heart broken. Laugh. Cry. Suffer. Explore. Wear your scars with pride. Allow life to teach you in its mysterious ways. Risk it all. Put your heart on the line. Fall down. Get back up no matter what. The only guarantee we have in life is that everything is going to change. So knowing that, you really should take that chance and go for it. ⁠

Play to win. Don’t play to not lose. What that means is, as much as things have happened in the past, you have to make a conscious decision to go out into the world with your wisdom guiding you and give it your all. You can’t play to not get hurt. Because if you do, you’ll suffer the greatest pain of all.

when it's all said and done, we will be remembered by how hard we loved. evan sanders, the better man project quote

Regret. Regret stings worse that anything else when you’re looking back at your life wishing you had left behind all the past heartbreaks, opinions, judgement and fears. Regret is a deep aching of the soul in knowing that there was so much more out there. ⁠

So get on the field. If you need to take some time to rest and recover, that’s perfectly fine. There’s always time for that. You need your strength. But don’t sit in the stands for a lifetime wondering “what if” because you’ll only know once you get out there and start playing. And on the field is the only place where all the gifts of life are. ⁠

Play on. Love hard.

Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project