A man lay on his death bed, the clock ticking down to the last few minutes of his life. A question comes to his mind:
Is there anything you regret not doing?
He wondered about this for a second or two, and answered sadly that:
‘There were so many things I could have done; that I wanted to do; but I didn’t do them.’
It was too late for him to make the changes to ensure he didn’t miss out on so much, but not for you.
Please give this some thought, don’t just move on and forget about this. Do not dismiss this question. This really is important for you.
Regrets are unfulfilled or unattained intentions or goals that a person wishes they had had the courage or time to pursue. A regret is feeling troubled, sorrow or remorseful over something that happened or something we have done or left undone; it comes is many shapes and sizes.
As human beings, we tend to think about the things we will regret doing. But isn’t it more important to think about what we will regret not having done at the end of this life?
What will you regret not doing at the end of your life?
At the end of your life, will you regret that you were so busy working that you didn’t recognise the value of your relationships, or give enough time to those you love?
Will you regret having spent so much time at work, you were unable to travel, seeing the wonders this world has to offer?
Will you realise all your time and effort spent chasing money, stole the time that you could have been doing the things you would have loved to do?
You have probably visited this site so as to read an article about changing your life. You’re seeking information to help you on this journey we call life. You know that you could do better and you’re seeking answers.
But there’s this little voice inside asking you why you keep wasting your time, telling you good things don’t happen for you, and nothing’s going to change that.
Only you can choose what really will happen in the future. Are you going to be ruled by your negative inner voice and accept a miserable future, or are you going to believe in your possibilities and strive to build a better future.
The choice really is yours.
“At the end of our lives we all ask: Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?” Brendon Burchard
Living a life without regrets doesn’t just happen. It takes intentional action on your part.
When I’m older sitting on my porch reflecting back on life, I’m going to make sure I have no regrets, and you should aim for the same.
Will there be any opportunities you wanted to take but did not, any great ideas you didn’t follow up on, any important dreams you let go unsatisfied?
To me it is essential that we all strive to live our lives fully instead of just existing day by day surviving but little else. I wrote in a previous blog post titled ‘Write your Bucket List’ suggesting you create your bucket list to maximize every moment of your existence and live life to the fullest.
It’s a reminder of all the things you want to achieve in your time here, and enables you to focus your time on things that matter to you, those that will bring you joy. What a difference this will make to you, ensuring you don’t let life pass you by!
Have you created your bucket list? What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime? The places you want to go, the people you want to meet, the things you want to do. Get busy writing it all down.