Tell me a story of who you are,
and see who I am in the stories I live.
And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.
(Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Dance)
Life is short. Youth is finite. You have every opportunity to make the most of the life you have right now. Your choices today will determine the number of regrets you will have in the next ten years.
The most common regrets you have probably read about are: missed opportunities, not spending time more prudently, accomplishing more, not doing meaningful work, procrastinating, not forming better habits, not mastering another language or skill, getting into bad relationships, or making mistakes in a past relationship.
Regrets suck. But today, right now, you can do something about your choices to limit your regrets in future.
You could spend quality time with the people you love most, really paying attention to every word they said. You could go out and have some amazing experiences, explore the world. Or you could spend it learning as much as you can, in books and by studying life itself.
You could create something. Make a dent. You could leave a legacy by creating art, making people’s lives better, or solving a global problem in your own small way.
Any of those choices, or a combination of them, would be a worthy way to spend that month.
Each moment is limited, fleeting, precious. With the same mindset about time, live your life to the fullest, right now! It’s a choice you alone can make to avoid these regrets in the future. (Thomas Oppong. You Will Regret These Choices in 10 Years)
Wishing you peace and wellbeing as you evaluate the stories you are creating based on the choices you are making.
PS: Remember to hold the ones you love just a little closer and tighter this week (without expectations).
(image description: a wooden dock extends above blue water and at the very end of the wooden dock is a small image of a person. The sky is cloudy)