It's your last day on earth. What do you regret not doing?
A survey was carried out in my region of Australia which asked elderly people if they had any regrets.The theme that came through most strongly was: " I wish I'd taken more risks."
Fast forward to age 95 and forecast your answer.
Taking more risks may be the answer at 95 but not earlier in life, but it depends upon the individual's life style such as a teenager, a single, person, children, and so forth.
Engaging in risks is dangerous and could result in a senseless death(s) but then again life itself is a risk. If one does not put some risks out there then the individual will never know what they miss. At times, we have to put everything aside and try something new even if it's risky. It's a chance we all have to take at one point or another in our life.
For me, the only regret I would forecast for myself is regretting the things I could not change or have the power to change. Anything other than that, that is within my power...I can change without regrets!
I would say probably not listening more to my parent's advice when I was young. They were right all along, but as a youngster, I thought I knew better and by the time I realized my mistakes, a lot of time had been waisted.
Not keeping my composure one night that changed my life forever. I always will regret that terrible evening.
Not visiting Portugal, skydiving, or the west coast of the US.
Not finishing a book, not going into Dracula's castle even though I was able to look at it from the valley below, having children, finishing my degree, etc.
Only thing I can regret about is I won't be able to give company to my wife or regret that I will leave her alone.
I would regret not having looked after the kingdom of God. This is the premise that has kept me busy during recent years.
It´s very important to me to restrain from all the appetites of the flesh with which I was raised during my entire life, and become more aware of the intrinsic part of me which has at one time or another abandon this decaying body.
I never lived my life not pursuing the things that interested me. Of course the constraints of survival sometimes postponed some things but for the most part at 64, I have pretty much done everything I really wanted to do. Those things that I may have missed doing faded from memory as new adventures and challenges surfaced so there was never a lot of time and energy spent on 'what-if's'. I can easily understand the recurring theme of 'I wish I'd taken more risks'. It's just that generally, I have and have had a wonderful life for having done so. Drag racing, motorcycle racing, drag boat racing, hang gliding, parachuting, photography, sport fishing, surfing, off-road racing, writing, music, poetry and a thousand other things have filled my life with great satisfaction. It doesn't hurt at all to be a Christian either. That has been my greatest success in life.
If I had not yet prayed that day, I would regret not thanking God for the wonderful world that He had given to all men and I would be ashamed that it was so wasted over time.
Not finally erecting that bronze statue of me in the front garden.
I regret not spending money more lavishly before losing it to the crisis in Greece. We had our savings in shares of a 'partnership' bank which the Bank of Greece decided to close down and we lost all our savings. It wasn't a large amount in comparison to others but to be able to save that I never splurged on myself and counted every penny.
Not doing any great deed or did any meaningful act.
Not taking a Mediterranean trip. I have always wanted to see the Mediterranean and all the countries that line it.
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