I Wish I Had
I recently read the book Resisting Happiness by best-selling author Matthew Kelly. His message about recognizing and breaking through the barriers of self-sabotage that prevent us from happiness, and finding the courage to follow our passion and be our best selves is powerful. What really resonated was a section about regret, from individuals interviewed in the twilight of their lives and things they wished they’d done differently. Check out the list that follows. It spoke to me because I recognized some of my own regrets. But the list also inspired one of those “aha moments” – realizing that it is never, ever too late to live our best lives from this point onward. This notion embodies our philosophy here at Boomer Connections and I love seeing how great thinkers put it into words so beautifully.
Thank you, Matthew Kelly.
I wish I’d had the courage to just be myself.
I wish I had spent more time with the people I love.
I wish I had made spirituality more of a priority.
I wish I hadn’t spent so much time working.
I wish I had discovered my purpose earlier.
I wish I had learned to express my feelings more.
I wish I hadn’t spent so much time worrying about thing that never happened.
I wish I had taken more risks.
I wish I had cared less about what other people thought.
I wish I had realized earlier that happiness is a choice.
I wish I had loved more.
I wish I had taken better care of myself.
I wish I had been a better spouse.
I wish I had paid less attention to other people’s expectations.
I wish I had quit my job and found something I really enjoyed doing.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my old friends.
I wish I had spoken my mind more.
I wish I hadn’t spent so much time chasing the wrong things.
I wish I’d had more children.
I wish I had touched more lives.
I wish I had thought about life’s big questions earlier.
I wish I had traveled more.