Why wait to start that project, or make that change you’ve been wishing for years? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of creating some space just for you, a beautifully decorated space that will inspire you to meditate, to write, or paint.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to try qigong, go flamenco dancing, or learn how to ride a motorcycle.
Perhaps you’ve always felt drawn to that neighbor with the beautiful magnolia, or that woman who works at the market, but you’ve never dared talk to her.
Why do we wait?
You may have heard the story about those on their deathbeds looking back to what they had and hadn’t done in life. Before becoming an acclaimed author, Bronnie Ware counseled and took care of the terminally ill, and in the process, she uncovered the top five recurring regrets of the dying...
- I wish I had pursued my dreams and aspirations, and not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I had had the courage to express my feelings and speak my mind.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I had let myself be happier.
How do we feel, contemplating these regrets of the dying?
That conversation you start in the market might just turn into a pleasant exchange, but it could also develop into a nourishing lifelong friendship.
Flamenco dancing may end up becoming your life’s greatest passion.
And that painting you create, well, it could turn into your grandchildren’s most treasured memory.
I remember being told that we don’t pursue our life’s wishes because of three things: fear, money, procrastination.
Then I was encouraged to ask myself:
- What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
- What would I do if I had a credit card that I never had to pay off?
- What would I do if I knew I only had one year to live?
Surely, nothing matters more than feeling vibrant and excited to be alive!
There will always be challenges, and they will always be overcome. Be brave enough to take that first step, then one step closer to your dreams every day, to do what brings you and others joy. Those are the things you’ll never regret.
So this Independence Day, celebrate all that you have become—and all that you are going to be.
This last year, we have all felt how time is even more precious than we thought. We’ve all been scared, sceptical, worried about ourselves and others. Now, together let’s decide to leave that fear and confusion behind and to take the time to focus. Focus on becoming the best, most radiant version of you.
Close your eyes. Can you see it?