What Do You Regret Before The End Of The World?
Tomorrow (or really midnight your time zone), the rapture begins and will mark the end of the world for everyone. While many who believe the event is merely a myth spawned by a group of people to trick them out of money and religious following, it bears the question: if the world were to end tomorrow, what would you regret? While many of us attempt to live a life where we regret nothing, but I’m sure we all have small regrets, or things we wish we had a “do over”. While I have a few personal regrets, there’s a few regrets that I believe we all have.
Not Taking That Job Promotion
Everyone has a the regret of not making the attempt to further advance themselves, or their career. Sometimes we turned down a job promotion, or a great career opportunity, because it doesn’t seem to align with the direction our life. Often, we kick ourselves many years later for not jumping at the opportunity, and it gets handed to someone who isn’t as qualified. There’s often the thought, that things would have been better, had we just jumped at the option.
Never Telling Them, That You Want To Date
Everyone has gone through this regret with someone they really like. There’s some chemistry between the two of you, friends tell you there’s a lot of potential, and you never pull the trigger. There’s a few women who I’ve regretted never going on dates with, and all of them are in happy relationships at the moment. My regret is never asking them out on a date. While there’s a potential of rejection, there’s also the potential for success. The regret many of us share is the unknown, and in most cases, with a person like this, it’s most likely there would have been at least one date.
Taking That Vacation or Trip
I have a few friends who have never been to Las Vegas. They always talk about how great it would be, how much fun they would have, but they have never visited Sin City. They’ve been too busy working, or taking care of important, but not urgent matters that could have waited. Instead of taking an opportunity for themselves, they held back, and didn’t do the things they wanted to. Life is too short (or if it ends tomorrow, really short), to not enjoy what you really want. So plan that trip, enjoy it!
Spend More Time With…
There’s an unspoken regret with every ex-relationship, and that’s spending more time with them. The consistent regret I have with every ex-girlfriend is not having spent more time to enjoy the moments we’ve had. I feel that some of the relationships would have ended on better terms, or lasted longer if I pushed a few things aside and done more with her. I’m not just talking about ex’s here, there’s also family members who has passed away, friends who I no longer see, all whom I wish I spent a bit more time with, to enjoy their company.
Listening To Our Inner Voice
This regret is an interesting one, and falls under certain titles. Maybe there was an idea we had, that we never acted on. Maybe there was something we always wanted to create, do, or build, that we never done. Maybe it was a decision we’ve always wanted to make, but waited too long to make it. What ever that thing was, it’s something that we, at one point truly believe in, had a lot of faith in, and never acted on. The reality is, we should often listen to our inner voice, it’s one of the things that keeps up aligned and on a path of personal happiness and success. If the world ends tomorrow, this would be the thing I regret more than any of my other regrets.
However, I plan to see everyone on the 22nd, so…
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