Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming, or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter and the list of promises to ourselves becomes longer. One morning we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of coulda, woulda, shoulda.
Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches while living on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all conditions are perfect. The majority of people live their lives in a trance – doing the same routines day in and day out. Routines that give them the sensation of stability in an unstable and ever-changing world.
But, do something you want to, not something on your should-do list. In other words, regret nothing. Lucille Ball famously said, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
Failing to act on your impulses could result in permanent regret. For instance, you want to start a business you’re passionate about, or you want to spend solo time in the wilderness. Why are you waiting? Sure, you should consider your options, but don’t become stuck in a state of limbo. The more you agonise over a decision, the more paralysed you’ll become.
As the saying goes, ‘dance to the music before the song is over’.