What will be your biggest regret?
I wanted to share something that had a profound impact on me. A few years ago I was listening to a podcast and and it sparked some deep, self-reflection. It was called "Regrets of the Dying."
One thing that was really eye-opening was that when people are on their death bed, they often express regrets about things they didn't do, rather than things they did. It got me thinking about how we sometimes get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, and we forget to prioritize what truly matters.
Have you ever taken the time to get clear on your values and vision for the life you want, and the person you want to be? I think in our culture we tend to forget about our own mortality. We think we have an infinite amount of time here on earth. We're notorious for procrastinating, postponing and pushing things out. We complain about our age, but if we truly knew how much time we had left it would change our perspective completely.
What is a risk or a dream that you have that's been on the backburner? So often, we let fear or other distractions hold us back from going after what we truly desire. It's a reminder to seize opportunities, step out of our comfort zones, and make the most of the time we have. If you're already pursuing your dreams and taking the risks, are you expressing love and appreciation to those who matter most? It's a gentle nudge to prioritize relationships, cherish our loved ones, and make sure they know how much they mean to us.
Let's not overlook the fact that taking care of bodies, making time for exercise and paying close attention to our mental and emotional well-being are reminders that are bodies are VEHICLES that carry us through life. We need our body to function well in order for it keep up with the demands we put on them, and expect out of them. How are we going to pursue our life's purpose if we don't have the mental capacity or physical energy to keep up?
I found these reflections to be a gentle (or, maybe not so gentle) reminder to live authentically, pursue our passions, and prioritize what truly matters.
I encourage you to take a moment to think about your own life and the things that truly matter to you. If you would like to dive deeper into this area, one of the first things I do with clients is to get clear on their own personal values and vision for their life. We will fill in the gaps, find the missing pieces, and help you align your vision with your values. You finally find the clarity you've been searching for! The action steps you'll take will not only get you to achieve your goals, but you'll be able to sustain them, too. Schedule a free consult to see if private coaching is the right next step for you!
Life is too short to have regrets.
Ali Naglee Wellness Certified Holistic Health Coach