The other night I was texting a friend of mine, and we were bantering back and forth to pass the time. There was one joke though, a pun really, that I made and regretted immediately after tapping the send button on my phone because I quickly thought of a smarter comeback. But it was too late, the moment was over and the topic was changed. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, and I know it won’t be the last. Because let’s face it, it happens to all of us.
Of course, it’s not the end of the world. But for some strange reason, that silly moment caused me to reflect on my life as a whole. I realize that there’s always going to be moments in our lives where we’ll fall short. There will be times when we’ll look back and think, I know I could have done better. And this is what scares me sometimes, the idea that I might get so caught up with the routine of life and then decades from today I’ll look back at what I’ve accomplished with my time, and I’ll be met with disappointment. Like a shadow, I’ll have navigated through life from the sidelines and made no positive impact on the world.
At first, I thought the worst part of all would be that it’d be impossible to turn back the clock and make things better. However, when I thought about this further I realized that that’s actually the best part of all! Not having the opportunity to go back in time to fix things gives us the right kind of pressure that we need to be successesful and to live life to the fullest. If we let it, this can inspire us to make the necessary changes to shape our lives accordingly. And decades from now we can look back and think, I gave my all and I lived the best life possible.
Here’s a four step reinvention process that I found floating about the internet and had to share!