If you had a few moments left to live, what would your top 5 regrets be?
We all have goals and a wish list of the many things we want to do with our lives. Challenges and unforeseen setbacks can come to us all. When confronted with a time limit on life where we are unable to do those things, suddenly we realise how short life is.
Too often it takes an experience where you have a ticking clock on life to make you think about regret. Possibly you might have thought about your own mistakes and have some regrets that come to mind.
Have you been deferring plans or procrastinating to a later date?
Stop looking back hoping that you could have fulfilled your dreams. Make choices to live your life without glancing back in regret by taking chances you think are worth chasing. Here are some prominent regrets people have expressed when they realised the importance of time and how quickly life can slip away.
Don’t live a life where you weren’t true to yourself. A life that others expected of you. Where you never got to be yourself. And know who you are and wanted to be.
Don’t work so hard. Where you leave little time to enjoy moments with your family and those you care about. This can be difficult if you are the sole breadwinner as you might have no option because you have to support your family financially. But making money doesn’t always make memories.
Don’t hide your feelings. It is easy to surpass your own happiness by suppressing your feelings to keep the peace with others. And opt for a mediocre existence. Be honest. Never allow negative emotions such as bitterness or resentment to form as a result of things you wish you should have said.
Don’t lose touch with friends. Give friendships the time and effort they deserve. Because no attempts on your part to invest in nurturing rapport and links with others could lead to you watching relationships phase out. Or lose touch with people if you let life or disputes get in the way.
Don’t overlook being happy. Too often we forget that to be happy is a choice. Let go of old habits. Move away from your comfort zones. Push past the familiar paths to find new adventures and discover that the fear of change is only you holding yourself back from being content. Laugh, live, love. Enjoy every day and most importantly do the things you always wanted to do.
What is standing between you and chasing your dreams?
Is there a reason you avoid attempts and hesitate to commit to hard work? Like choosing to be healthy or finding a work/life balance or following your heart. Do you have excuses for failing to budget and save, enjoy the journey, face your fears or take life too seriously by worrying about what other people think?
- Stop stressing and be flexible.
- Move out of your comfort zone.
- Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
- Value your time to avoid devaluing yourself.
- Treat others the way you would expect to be treated.
- Exhibit authenticity always.
- Make changes now so that one day you can look back with satisfaction and happiness, not regret.