05 December 2011

Life is a Choice

No this post is not about babies. This post is about the elderly. I saw a link posted on Facebook this weekend and it got me thinking about my life and the hopefully lengthy span of it left. It talks about people facing their mortality and reflecting on things they wish they had done differently in their lives.

I love the elderly as much as I love 3-5 year olds, for different reasons of course. Children hold wonder, confusion, interpretation and curiosity while the elderly hold knowledge, experience, memories and secrets. When I look at my grandparents I see the history of a time I learned about though will never experience. I love and celebrate wrinkles because they hold the story of your life.

That's what I want this post to be about. The story of your life. The mixture of the intelligence of these amazing people who are apart of a generation so different than ours with possibilities of our tomorrow. Some of the top life reflections include:
"1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me - Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to pass knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. 
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard - They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. All of the people I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. 
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings - Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends - Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.
5. I wish I had let myself be happier - Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again."
Read the whole article here.
There are a couple of the reflections I can definitely relate to and want to spend some time working on. What do you do to live your life to the fullest? What are some of your dreams and goals? Leave a comment and let us know!

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