“You can’t do anything about the length of your life but you can do something about its width and depth.” – Shira Tehrani
Life is short. For most of us, we have no idea how long we’ll be blessed to walk the Earth. Therefore, it makes sense to live each day as if it were our last, and view it as an opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to achieve the impossible.
Don’t allow life to pass you by as a result of delaying what you love in hope that the perfect moment arises, the finances are ready or your dream partner arrives.
For some, the perfect conditions may never occur, or if they do, other unexpected factors may present as a deterrent. It is easy to fall into the trap of finding ongoing excuses for not living the life we yearn, only to later regret not pursuing our dreams and goals.
Therefore, to encourage people to make the most of each and every day, Bronnie Ware, an Australian Palliative Care Nurse, compiled the following list on the most common regrets people approaching death expressed. This list has been circulating the Internet, and we think it can teach us a thing or two about what really matters in life, don’t you?
1) “I wished I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
It can be easy to forgo pursuing your own dreams in order to live up to someone else’s expectations, or to place pressure on our children rather than allowing them the independence to choose for themselves. Live your life the way you want to live it.
2) “I wish I did not work so hard.”
Investing time in working at the expense of spending time with family and loved ones will come back to haunt you. As your children and loved ones get older they too will be less inclined to spend time with you, as the relationship was never reinforced. Make the time for the ones you love now.
3) “I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.”
This is such a powerful expression to deny yourself. By holding grudges, resentment and anger, you’re essentially harming your health and taking away your inner peace. By being authentic and true to yourself, without malice, you will set yourself free. Never be scared to utter the cherished words, “I love you.”
4) “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
Sincere friendships are hard to find, building the effort to maintain those that have a rich impact on your life are worth the fight. Always stay in touch with those who have touched you.
5) “I wish I had let myself be happier.”
Happiness is a choice and the only person who decides your happiness is you. Make that conscious decision each and every day.
How to Make Each Day Matter
There are countless ways you can make each day count. Start pursuing a hobby or skill that you are passionate about, find a way to manage your finances better, spend quality time with family and friends, take a vacation, exercise more, watch less television and worry less about work. Simply by making these small changes, your quality of life will improve and so will too your health.
Most people underestimate the assets within themselves. We possess incredible potential but fail to utilize it, constantly making excuses for delaying our dreams. When will that perfect moment arise? The truth of the matter is, that the “perfect” moment may never arise, so the choice is yours to make it happen now. You are in control of your life, you control your choices and you determine your attitude.
The right time is now.
Make the time to invest in yourself and reignite your life with passion, fun, vitality and love.
If not now, when?
Are there any principles that you live by that you’d like to add to the list? Please share what they are below.