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…
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.
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.
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.