When I look back at the road behind me, I am content with many of the life altering decisions I have made. There would be nothing worse than glancing back over the history of my life through the eyes of regret. But will I be that fortunate in another forty years to feel the same way I do after the first half of my life? Will I take all of my knowledge, and the lessons I have learned about only living once, and disregard the opportunity to obtain the most happiness I can possibly achieve?
I don’t want to reach my ninetieth year and remember the moment that I let an opportunity for pure bliss pass me by. I don’t want to have “what if” nagging at the back of my mind. I have 46 years of growth and experience under my belt and I can only hope I can wring every ounce of those two things out of me when it comes to pursuing my ultimate happiness.
Sure, I’ve made my choices and I go through the motions of every day life but how would I feel if there were something out there that was just perfect for me and I let it pass me by? Whether it be a job, a trip or a new love….opportunities are not presented every day. Some of those chances are serendipity, a fortunate accident, and some are created through some mystic energy in the universe, perhaps a karma of sorts.
Regardless of the circumstance, I don’t want to regret a moment in my life where I should have taken a chance, but didn’t. If you ask me in forty years, I hope I am able to tell you that I followed my heart and made every moment possible by simply taking that chance on something that seemed like it was meant to be just for me.
Agreed. I think it is true that regret is more often for that not ventured than that ventured and turned out not as well as expected.
What a nice, reflective post. I hope your next forty years are full of awesome things!
Thank you….I hope the same thing for you as well. 🙂