In 1992 my mom gave me the book Life’s Little Instruction Book for Christmas. To this day, I remember one key phrase which I have followed since the day I read it “Live life with no regrets”. It is shocking how big an impact this simple phrase has had on my life, and now how much of a guide it is as we plan to embark on this adventure.
Regardless of the adversities over the years – lost jobs, divorce, unanticipated moves, deaths of loved ones, etc – I have been able to refer back to this simple phrase as reassurance. By keeping a positive attitude towards each situation and realizing that any decision I made to get there was in the past allowed me to focus only on the possibilities of the future. The fact is, regret is really “I wish I had…” applied to any situation. The simple fact is that if I had made any different decisions in the past 37 years I would not be waking up next to the most amazing woman each day and planning this amazing adventure. How in the world could I regret all the small and large decisions that got me to this point and shaped me into the person I am today?
Instead, I am committed to starting sentences with “I am going to…” and then following through. Today, that means I am going to step out of the rat race and travel the world. One thing I can assure all of you is that I will not regret this decision either as it will take me to new highs, and some new lows but in the end I know I will be happy.