Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do.
So I am one of those people who gets fancy soaps for Christmas gifts and then puts them aside because well they are fancy and I don’t want to just use them for ANYTHING and continue to buy cheaper bigger bottles of soap for general use. I cleaned out one of my drawers yesterday and found some I had been given two years ago.. It made me wonder why I had kept it for two years. Whatever special occasion I was saving it for hadn’t come up and all I was doing was holding on to a temporary item. Did you know that soaps have use by dates?
So now I have a bunch of expensive soaps that all I can do is throw away, what a waste. I could have used that soap and smelt like lavender for a few hours instead all I am left of is the fact they sat in my room taking up space for several years.
When I turned 30 there was a lot about my life that I wished I had done. I wished that I continued playing drums, I wished that I had learnt another language in school, I wished I could do the splits. Well ok I don’t care so much about the last one but the problem with being 30 is learning new things is a lot harder and takes a lot more effort than when I was 15. Your brain is slower and less likely to adapt to change. Your body is not as physically able as it used to be. I’m far from over the hill but time is catching up with me.
I know however that I never sit there and think I wish I had never learnt how to snowboard, I wish I had never hiked to Machu Picchu, things which involved a lot of work and pain but I never regretted any of them. I may have bitched and moaned a lot of the time but the effort only made the rewards that much sweeter.
I don’t want to be that person who looks back on their life and thinks, well I had a good life. I want to be that person who looks back and says “I had a GREAT life” I want to know that I lived each day to the fullest of my abilities and past that. I want to go back and look at the photos and remember the people I met and the choices I made and I want to regret nothing. I’m no stranger to stupid decisions but even those became lessons that made me stronger.
So a friend of mine posted this on his facebook wall and I think it sums things up perfectly. If you were always considering it now is the time to start living life!!