Monthly Archives: January 2014

No Regrets

In your 20’s, each decision you make feels as if it has more weight than decisions you’ve had to make in the past. For with each decision, you are taken on a path that becomes a determining factor in what your life will look like in the future. Where you go to school can determine where you decide to live. What you major in can determine where you’re career starts. Who you hang out with can shape who you become. Every decision, no matter how insignificant, seems to be shaping you into who you are.

Do you ever wonder what life would have been like if you’d taken a different path? If you’d continued dating that person who, in hindsight, was so wrong for you or decided to accept the job offer that would have moved you across the country? Have you ever thought, if the factors were different, who would you be? It’s crazy to think about…

Two Roads Diverged

Looking at my life and all the decisions I’ve made, I’d have to say I’m happy with who I’ve become. Yet to say that I have no regrets wouldn’t be entirely true. People say to live with no regrets and it’s a lovely notion. Yet, everyone make mistakes and to say that I don’t regret some of those mistakes would be wrong. I don’t regret the mistakes I’ve made because I learned from them and they made me a stronger person, but what I do regret is the hurt my mistakes may have caused along the way.

But maybe by no regrets we don’t necessarily mean that you don’t regret anything, but that you stop dwelling on the past and the mistakes you made, switching your focus to the present and the future. That you push yourself to try things you’ve never done before or do something that scares you. That you push aside the box you’ve created for yourself and dare to dream bigger. No regrets.

No regrets

To make this mentality a reality, I’m going to push myself this year to do something that has a very high rate of failure, but if I never take that risk, I will never know if I could have made it. So hears to a year of pushing limits, taking chances, and no regrets. Chances not taken

Live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Don’t wait because right now is the oldest you’ve been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.

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Wonder of a Child

I often miss this little girl...

Remember when you were a child and the world was your playground. Everything around you was magical, from the stuffed koala bear you carried around, to the doors that magically opened when you stepped in front of them. Every day was a new adventure, filled with excitement and new discoveries. You ran for the joy of it, you truly believed you could fly, and your favorite nights were movie nights.

Yet as you’ve grown older, somehow the magic dwindled off. You’ve become cynical. Life didn’t turn out the way you expected; trust was broken, dreams seemed out of reach, and you had to take on more responsibility. Essentially you were told to grow up and make something of yourself. With your inner child pushed aside, you had to get a job, pay bills, and become an active member of society.

But who told us that we couldn’t be both serious and silly, both responsible and playful. At what point did we change?

Everything to nothing

I encourage you to go for a walk by yourself. Leave your phone at home; eliminate distraction. Breathe in the fresh air. Watch the butterfly as it dances in the wind. Soak up the sunlight. Dance in the rain. Enjoy the simplicity of the world around you.

In a world full of things to do and places to go, maintaining a sense of wonder and curiosity is imperative. Don’t let the disappointments of the world take away your sense of wonder. Never give up your childlike awe…

Girl at the beach