no regrets

15 Aug

No regrets.

Some days you remember that it is the little things in life that make a difference, be that good or bad is entirely up to you.  Life is just too short, and it always finds its way.  So you can choose how you live it.  You choose how you respond to all the little stories that sweep you up from time to time.  And you choose what life means to you.

So, many years ago, I decided that I had cracked the meaning of life, and that I could sum it up in two words: To Learn.

Sounds simple, right?  And, in fact, in every existential pub conversation I have had about the meaning of life, those two little words always seem to win.

Someone will say: “The meaning of life is to be happy”  to which I can say “You learn to be happy”.  Someone else will say: “The meaning of life is to love” to which I can say “You learn to love”.  Someone else might say: “The meaning of life is to contribute and make the world a better place” and, you guessed it, I can say “You learn how to contribute.”

Every day you learn and hopefully you grow.  You become wiser and fuller.  There are a handful of people who refuse to learn, and life just keeps them going around and around reliving the same lesson until (hopefully) one day it clicks.  So, unless you learn and move forward you stay on repeat.  To truly live you must learn and advance.

This works for me, but as nice as it is to sum up the meaning of life, it is not all there is.  What about when life is over?  Is learning in life really going to seem satisfying in the end..

Whenever it is over I want no regrets.  I don’t want a single undone moment to lament.  I hope to have said and done and tried everything I want to do.

These can be the little moments on any given day.  Saying goodbye when you leave for work, appreciating the flaming colours of the sunset, telling the people you love that you do love them.  It can also be big things.  Adventures and challenges, or trying something new you have never tried before.

So, this is a reminder.  Live life to its fullest every day that you have.  Learn in life wherever you can.  And live with integrity and passion so there will be no regrets, and only valued memories.

I will try to remember this every day, and try, try again.

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