I was doing some thinking last night, pondering about regret and the types of regrets that older people sometimes end up with. If you ever take the time to talk to someone 30 – 40 years older than you are and living with regret you’ll notice that all of their regrets are usually intangible. They always wish they would’ve tried harder, took something or someone more seriously, practiced more, traveled more frequently, fell in love, took more risk etc.
I think sometimes my generation, and I’m guilty of this too, tends to make a lot of decisions based on tangible rewards. Getting degrees in fields we aren’t passionate about, taking jobs for the best paycheck possible, establishing relationships based on physical features, spending less time doing what we love to do in order to do something we “sort of enjoy”, not taking enough risk in order to be safe. Are we just setting ourselves up for a life full of regret(s)? Are we missing out by chasing the wrong things, the wrong people, and the wrong goals? Are we adding to the list of regrets that we may already have? Well it’s not too late to do something about it.
We have to push past the fear of stepping out of our comfort zones and beyond our safety nets. Follow that dream that you’re passionate about, travel to that place you’ve always wanted to go, talk to the crush you’re always too nervous to approach, start that business idea you’ve had for years, start checking off your bucket list. The worse that can happen is that you fail.
I’m currently reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. In the book he states “Winners are not afraid of losing, but losers are. Failure is part of the process of achieving success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” MIND BLOWING!!! We must fail in order to succeed in order to end up with little to no regret. Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t end up with a pile of regrets at the end of your life!
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