You’re not always going to be 25 or 35 or 45. You’re not always going to be happy or healthy. No one lasts forever. We don’t often think about that until or unless we get sick or when we get older. This is a “we” situation because we’re all in this boat together. It’s going in one direction and we can’t turn the boat around. The bad thing about aging is it becomes too late to do some of the things one might have missed. The good thing about still being young or healthy is that it’s not too late.
When my friend sent me an article from LinkedIn about dying senior’s regrets, we couldn’t help but to figure how our lives and possible regrets fit into the survey participant’s regrets. Comparing notes with my husband, we may have finally figured out why we are such a good match. We both did pretty much what we wanted to do in life, with no regrets. At least that’s how we compared to the people in the survey.
On a personal note, it took me back to one day on my last job. I refused to do something that other employees with equal talent had not been asked to do. It was blatantly unfair. When a colleague asked me why I didn’t just go along with the program, I responded that I never wanted to be old in a rocking chair with regrets that I didn’t speak up against whatever is just wrong.
I remember in my 20’s when a male friend wanted to become more than a friend, but I wanted to accept a job with a major airline and see the world. I did what I wanted to do and years later the friend brought it up. He said he had the best plans for life but I chose instead to see the world instead of sitting still. All I can say today is “Whew….you go girl!”
Anyway, with enough about me. The point is there are some of us who do not regret things we didn’t do because we may have done them. There are sacrifices to be made when you do it your way, just as there are sacrifices when you live life under the direction of someone else or others. Either way, you can’t have it all but you can have what’s most important to you.
The article by John-Paul Iwuoha is quite thought provoking and the regrets that took precedence in the survey are not only a good way to compare to your own life, but as the study reveals the 5 biggest regrets people have , it may also may give the reader a kick…..before it’s too late. ©
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