In the end, what we regret most are the chances we never took.
Those of you who have known me for some time know that I feel that the last 25 years of my life have been very rewarding. I was lucky to have a friend convince me in 1990 that I did not have to stay in the rat race to enjoy my life. Boy was he right; while I made less money my work had more meaning. My wife and I have been able to travel both in the US and abroad. I even have met and made friends with some of the most interesting people from all walks of life.
Too many of us wait too long to start living. Some of us get too old and infirm to do what we might have done earlier in life and sadly others don’t live long enough to even try.
Recently I ran across a list published on the World Observer web site that I wish everyone would consider as motivation to start living the great life as early as they can, They’ll be glad they did, I know I was. Here are highlights from the list
Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old
- Not traveling when you had the chance. Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself.
- Staying in a bad relationship. No one who ever gets out of a bad relationship looks back without wishing they made the move sooner.
- Being scared to do things. Looking back you’ll think, what was I so afraid of?
- Failing to make physical fitness a priority. Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll dream of what you could have done.
- Not quitting a terrible job. Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don’t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell.
- Not realizing how beautiful you were. Too many of us spend our youth unhappy with the way we look, but the reality is, that’s when we’re our most beautiful.
- Spending your youth self-absorbed. You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.
- Caring too much about what other people think. In 20 years you won’t give a darn about any of those people you once worried so much about.
- Supporting others’ dreams over your own. Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine.
- Not volunteering enough. OK, so you probably won’t regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of one’s life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many.
- Working too much. No one looks back from their deathbed and wishes they spent more time at the office, but they do wish they spent more time with family, friends, and hobbies.
- Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment. Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing.
- Not taking the time to develop contacts and network. Networking may seem like a bunch of crap when you’re young, but later on it becomes clear that it’s how so many jobs are won.
- Worrying too much. As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”
- Not being grateful sooner. It can be hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth — from the mundane to the amazing — is a gift that we’re all so incredibly lucky to share.
“‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”
He said: I know I need some kind of athletic activity in my life, so I subscribed to a couple of health magazines. There’s nothing better than kicking back with a cigarette, a Budweiser, and Prevention magazine…and reading about what nicotine, alcohol, and obesity will do to me. The anxiety alone raises my heart rate.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Max Greenberg was at his favorite eatery, the Second Avenue Deli, when he called over the waiter. “Yes?” asked the busy waiter.
“Are you sure you’re the waiter I ordered from?” asked Max.
“Why do you ask?” replied the waiter.
“Because I was expecting a much older man by now.”
Getting to know someone is not a task—it’s an art.
My wife doesn’t complain often, but once she was having a old fashioned “heart-to-heart” with me and said, “Hon, you never listen to me. Every time I try to talk to you, you get this far-away look in your eyes after only a few seconds. Please promise me you’ll try to work on that.”
The last thing I remember was replying, “I’m sorry, what was that you were saying?”
The only cure for insomnia is to get more sleep.
Jill: SO how about you and that older man you met?
Mary: Well, he IS a bit older than I, 75, in fact.
Jill: Wow! That’s a lot!
Mary: Well, he has other redeeming qualities! $58 million, actually!
Time passed, which, basically, is its job.
An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both. As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, “Oh, my God! Help me!”
At once, the ferocious attack scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in mid-air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, “I thought you didn’t believe in Me!”
“Come on God, give me a break!!” the man pleaded. “Two minutes ago I didn’t believe in the Loch Ness monster either!”
God made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.
My Uncle Joe got fired from his construction job. I asked him what happened.
“You know what a foreman is?” he asked. “The one who stands around and watches the other men work?”
“What’s that got to do with it?” I asked. “Well, he just got jealous of me,” Uncle Joe explained. “Everyone thought I was the foreman.”
Everything you could have been, all the accolades you could have won and all the achievements that have been nagging about, didn’t happen for one reason only. You procrastinated.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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