Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.
I don’t want to be a person who has regrets. I want to live my life to the fullest- I want to have fun. I want to spend time with my family and friends, and I don’t want to miss out on anything.
Sometimes I take risks because I know that the risk will be worth the reward. I have a lot on my plate right now, but I know that all I am doing is going to bring joy to my family, as well as to the people that I am helping and serving.
I think a lot of my lessons comes from my parents. I watched my dad retire, move full time to Florida, which he had always dreamed about- and then a year later he was diagnosed with cancer. I watched my mom work so hard, first as a stay at home mom, then full time in an office job, then get sick in her 60’s and later she passed away from Alzheimers. Neither of them were able to enjoy retirement, enjoying free time, or time with their grandchildren.
I learned from their experiences that I wanted to enjoy life all along the way- not just when I retire. We go on lots of fun family vacations, I go on girls’ trips with my friends, I run and do things for ME- I don’t want to look back and wish I had enjoyed these moments. With my son I have truly enjoyed every moment as a mom- and I have appreciated every moment.
What about you? When you think about your life, do you look back and have regrets? Did you not take that vacation? And now you are regretting that time you could have spent with your family? Have you stayed in a job that has been stressful and unfulfilling? Have you not spent enough time with your friends?
I think that the last months of 2020 can be used for reflection-and to make plans to move forward. To find joy, to take risks, to do things that make your heart happy. This is it-this is life-and it is not a dress rehearsal.
What are you going to do so that you don’t have regrets?
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