From the desk of Lori Aufderhar, Summit’s Director of Operations/Retirement Coach:
I recently opened a fortune cookie, and the message said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Well, that really struck me. What have I been putting off? What’s on my to-do list that I don’t get to? The sewing projects I’ve collected? Going through the old photos and scrapbooking them? Sorting the recipes I’ve collected, so I can actually use the ones I intended? If I didn’t get to them before I died, would it be the end of the world?
As we begin the New Year, think, “What’s on my bucket list? Places I want to experience, people I want to see, things I want to do…Would I regret not going, not seeing them, not doing it?”
I know that I have no regrets visiting with my grandmother before she passed away last year. I am grateful we took the trip to the Netherlands last fall, where we learned about family origins. When I spend time creating great memories with my family, I have no regrets.
“What would I regret not having done?” Now that’s the question! What is it for you?
We can do the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” all day long and it won’t change past regrets. Just know that if “it shoulda, it woulda, and you coulda”. We can’t change the past, yet we can change the here and now, and make plans for the future.
What must you do before it’s too late, while you still have your health and wealth? While you have your loved ones in your life (and age doesn’t matter, life can take people from us no matter their age). Are you enjoying your friendships? Activities you love? Or are you putting things off? What can you do right now, today? I ask you to press pause in your life, determine what it is, decide you are willing, and do it. Enjoy every special memory you create. Let’s start 2019 with no regrets.