As time goes by it sure does get easy to have regular life take over where we find ourselves just going through the motions and losing our direction as to where we wanted to go earlier in life. The hopes, plans, dreams and goals are still in our mind but have been replace with looking to survive and maybe advance a little bit in whatever career path we find ourselves on. For many, it’s a career that maybe they didn’t plan on at all that they find themselves in. For others, maybe it a career path that they have never left and still find themselves on it so many years later.
There are plenty of regrets in my life for sure. I’ve tried recently to look at them as lessons learned instead of getting all hung up, sad and down about them not happening or more importantly, me not making them happen. The other thing that I have seemed to get connected with is to focus more in on dreams that I still want to accomplish. That’s what connected me with Phil’s quote when I saw it.
There are days I feel that I’m getting older, mostly due to my recent surgeries last year. I got my right knee replaced along with having back surgery, where I have six screws permanently in by lower back holding things together so to speak. Arthritis has made sure it is helping to remind me about the time that has gone by in my life. The way I look at it, I sure don’t need to help this process get any worse by not going after my dreams and goals and start having regrets pile up and replace those things that I still want to do in my life. Age is something that slows us all down at times which can add to the fact that we don’t feel like doing more about going after our dreams and goals in life.
This is why I promote to my own kids, my students and others to get started as early as they can on going after their dreams and goals, rather than after time goes by – and it does go by fast – we feel as if we can’t go after them since we are getting older and life is happening to us and we don’t have the time to do that. There have also been too many examples on why we can’t wait to go after our dreams and goals. Too many people that I have seen have died too soon in life due to a variety of circumstances. The tragedy in Paris just happened yesterday which shows even more the fragile state of life that some face more frequently than others.
They key is time will always keep chugging along. It doesn’t wait for nobody. Like Tiger Woods has said, “Father time is undefeated.” As time goes on, it piles up victories of making us start piling up our defeats of regrets instead of victories of accomplishing our dreams and goals. I’m not sure about you, but I want to still have some victories that I can look back upon as being memorable, lasting for others, and the opposite of regrets. What about you?