“Looking back, my life seems like one long obstacle race, with me as the chief obstacle.” – Jack Paar
Here’s a poll posted by “HuffPo” about the “11 Things People Over 50 Wish They’d Done Differently At 25“.
I’ll give you a shortlist here but check the link above for more:
- Speak up more.
- Know when to walk away.
- Save more money.
- Re-think a college major.
- Travel more.
- Incur less debt.
- Wear more sunscreen.
- Think carefully before marriage.
- Slow down.
- Get a better education.
- Consider health issues.
This made me think of a study conducted in 2013 about the top 25 regrets of people about to die. Click the pic below!
So, now that we’re thoroughly depressed let’s turn that frown upside down!
Do you know how lucky we are? Well do ya, punk?
It’s not enough that we have something like LANGUAGE to help us understand the thoughts and feelings of other people who’ve gone before us on the trail of life. No, we have power even greater than that.
Believe it or not we have the capacity for time travel. We don’t need a machine, we don’t need any weird alien portals, we can just close our eyes and by using the power of our imagination we can envision the future.
Underwhelming, right? Wrong. How many other species on earth do you think have the ability to do this? I’d say it’s pretty rare and might very well be the reason we’ve made it to the top of the food chain. We just happen to take it for granted since it just seems to sit there.
Let’s say we harness the power and use it to its full potential. Do you think that we would make the exact same choices? I’m not saying that we wouldn’t, but on the off chance that it could lead us down a better path why not atleast try it?
Recently I came across a set of pictures that made really think about it. If one had the ability to see where their choices would lead them, would they still make the same choices? Here’s Sarah Wulchak’s story in 10 pictures.
Now, there’s a lot of things that we aren’t told in that article. Things that would give us insight and perspective about her individual case. What we can learn from it is this to ask ourselves a simple question: “If I keep doing what I am doing right now, what will my future look like?”.
Off we go. Into the future. Sometimes we’re filled with optimism and excitement. Other times we realize that we’re at a place in our lives where we’ve just numbed to the pain or the pain isn’t bad enough. So, we just stay put. Using the same excuses: “I’ll get to that when…”, “It’s not what I REALLY want to do but…” or “I’ve got my whole life ahead of me”.
Yeah, if we keep telling ourselves those stories they could turn to other stories like: “I could’ve done that but…”, “I was being foolish, you’ve got to be realistic…” or “It wasn’t in the cards for me”.
Really? Did we give it an honest try? Or were we just afraid to take a leap of faith?
Now that we’re in shambles crying over not reaching our full potential, let’s rewind the tape!
If you envision your current actions leading you to a dystopian future where robots have taken over the world and Arnold Schwarzenegger has time traveled to the 80’s, stop imagining the plot of “Terminator” and get your head in the game!
Try imagining the future you wish to see for yourself. It’s OK to dream big, it’s OK to imagine the “smaller” things too. The most important thing is that you feel happy. Owning several mansions and having cash up the wazoo isn’t necessarily a recipe for happiness if you haven’t got your health, a purpose or family and friends to share it with.
Then you FlashBackward!
What steps lead you to that place? What things did you need to learn and overcome to get there? Did you, like Liam Neeson, have a very particular set of skills? What were they? How could you use them to your advantage? What kind of people did you need to make these things a reality?
Do a little time traveling and i’ll have seen you somewhere in the present past future!
“There are no regrets in life, just lessons.” – Jennifer Aniston
“Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.” – Edna Ferber
“Every one of my regrets has produced a song I’m proud of.” – Taylor Swift
Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen