By Sandra Elzie
The other day a friend sent me a YouTube about September 11th, which I won’t get in to, but one of the men interviewed made a statement that resonated with me. He said that we should never reach old age and look back on our lives only to wish we had done something that we’d always wanted to do. Or, maybe worse, wish we’d stepped up and done something that needed to be done when it needed doing. In short, we should take steps today to never have to look back on our lives with regrets.
Since I’ve passed the sixth decade of living, I must admit that it made me stop and think about whether or not there is anything in life that I’ve wanted to do that I still want to do before my time on Earth is finished. I wonder if there is maybe one or two items left undone that would outweigh all the adventurous, fun things I’ve done. And, has there ever been a time when I should have stood up for someone…or for something that was right, and chose instead to keep my hand down and my mouth shut? (Hey, I told you it was a soul-searching moment, right?)
I mentioned this dilemma to my husband and he reminded me of a conversation we had soon after we got married. I told him there were three things I wanted to do…and hoped he’d be willing to do with me. Fly a glider plane, parachute from a plane and go hang gliding. He readily agreed to take glider plane lessons with me…and we did this. He also agreed to go hang gliding…although we never seemed to get to that one, but when it came to jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, he told me I was on my own. Okay, so I’m one out of three on my first Bucket List. Doesn’t sound too great, right?
I’ve reached the mature age when I’m very protective of my bones that are a bit more brittle, so the thought of landing on the ground…hard…just doesn’t appeal any longer, so those two unfulfilled goals aren’t as important to me as they once were. Then I thought about all the things I’ve done…and accomplished…that were never on that original list.
I’ve traveled, flown over a volcano in a helicopter in Hawaii, climbed up a waterfall in Haiti, walked where Jesus walked in Israel, climbed Aztec ruins in Mexico, wrote books that were published…oh, and I can’t forget getting married, going to college, becoming a mother and later a grandmother, and retiring after over thirty years of working. Well, the list could go on, but for the sake of space, let’s just say that I’ve had a full life and been blessed with a beautiful family, a loving husband and lots of great friends. What more could I ask for?
Is there an item or two that you wish you’d done…or still plan to do? If so, step up to the plate in 2014 and get it done…otherwise, you just might some day be unable to fulfill that dream and then you might have regrets.
About The Author:
Sandra Elzie writes contemporary romance and lives with her husband in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Oh, and we can’t forget the owner of Sandy’s house, Jack, the resident feline. You can read more about her on her website...www.SandraElzie.com Her books are available on Amazon.