We've all seen the Milky Way commercial where a big, burly man is getting a tattoo only to realize his "No Regrets" is "No Regerts" and the tattoo artist tells him something like "sorry...I was eating a Milky Way" - and for me, two things come to mind. 1. I'm seriously glad my tattoo doesn't have any misspellings. 2. What regrets do I have?
In all honesty, I'd love to say I don't have any regrets, but I do. My biggest "professional" regret is that I wish I wouldn't have let some a professor make a snarky remark that would affect my desire to earn my Master's degree. Ultimately, that one comment drained my motivation and I just didn't finish.
That was 10ish years ago and a lot of life has happened since then - and so have my regrets. I wish I wouldn't get frustrated so easily during the day and tell one (or more) kiddo that she needed to go to her bed to change her attitude or because she didn't help clean up. I wish I was able to let go of my control issues and just be present, to enjoy the moment, and just be. I wish I would have valued my friends more and time being able to spend together, because let's face it, once children are added to the mix, time spend with friends doesn't just take a back seat...it almost is like that box of random kitchen stuff in the basement that you don't realize you need until you're desperately looking for a mandolin.
As a fan of Dave Ramsey, I enjoy when he shares non-financial advice and LOVED his blog article on How to Live a Life with No Regrets and wanted to share! Take a look at the list:
- face time over screen time
- planning for the future
- never stop learning
- put your purpose into practice
- speak your heart
Notice anything about the list? It's all investing in relationships - whether that's with yourself or others. Don't get me wrong, there are some regrets that may be more tangible (you'd better believe next time there's an option to buy Green Bay Packer stock, I'm doing it!), but in reality we're all missing moments. Moments with our spouse. Moments with our children or grandchildren. Moments with friends. Moments with ourselves.
We're so focused on the physical, we often forget about the emotional or spiritual side of life that needs our attention. So do yourself a favor today - take 5 minutes and just unplug. Sit with your teenager and laugh. Start reading a new book. Grab your girlfriends and take that cooking class. Fill up those needs now, because life is short and it sure doesn't get easier :-)