Travel quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
Mark Twain was a wise man and knew the value of life. He provided many quotes with sage advice for those of us who would listen. Most of the time, I usually agree with his quotes, and this is no exception.
Life makes a fantastic classroom. When we are young, we feel like we have all the time in the world to do the things we want to do. We don’t grasp how fleeting life really is. As we get older, however, we start to understand just how fast life passes by. The years come and go in quicker succession. We begin to realize that time is running out to do all those things we thought we had time for. It’s better to live life now and enjoy those experiences than to miss out on them and regret it later.
I’ve certainly made a lot of mistakes in my life, I don’t deny that. But, my biggest regrets are those things that I didn’t do when I was younger and more capable. It’s taken me a lot of years to recognize just how much I have given up in my life for others and even for my own ambitions. I was not focused on what I need out of this life. Unfortunately, you only get one shot at this. When you waste it trying to please other people, you’re not benefiting yourself at all. The only ones who benefit from that are the other people, who often don’t even appreciate it.
Of course, I’m not trying to say that helping others is a bad thing. But, when you give up your own happiness because you are trying to please other people, you are giving up much more than that. You’re basically giving your life over to them. I’ve finally realized how much I’ve missed out on by not doing those things I wanted to do for me.
I’m turning over a new leaf and trying to get the most out of life now while I still can. It’s been a learning experience and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’m doing things that I’ve always been afraid of in the past, trying to overcome my fears. I don’t want to miss out on experiences because I was too afraid to take the chance. I’m not planning on jumping out of any airplanes anytime soon, but I am facing my fears and not letting them prevent me from doing the things I’ve always wanted to do.
If I’m lucky enough to be around in twenty more years, I don’t want to look back with regret because I didn’t do something. I want to look back with happy reflection at the enjoyment I experienced when I did do it.
What do you think? Do you have regrets or do you live life without regrets? Leave a comment and let me know!