Cover: Hiking Grays Peak, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull
As Frank croons it, “Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.” With the internet filled with bucket-listers, it appears there are quite a few people determined to limit their regrets. How about you?
What do you regret?
The interesting thing about regrets is that they are rarely about things – they are about experiences. Unless you’re the Mr. Wonderful-type (think Shark Tank) regretting money-oriented misses, regrets for the most of us are experience-oriented.
Opportunities missed to…
Travel the world. Run the race. Help someone you don’t know. Climb a mountain. Learn a new language. Travel a new trail. Tell someone that you loved them one more time. Chase a dream.
What’s at the top of your list?
The good news is that if you are reading this, you can start today on limiting your regrets.
I’m not saying everyone can abandon their life and thru-hike the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). Life has responsibilities and taking care of your family is something everyone needs to do. And, there are certainly many people that work multiple jobs just to put food on the table. But, for the majority of people, they are caught up in the rat race. They work for the bigger house, the new car, the designer bag, the country club membership.
To those people – forget about that next bauble that you don’t need and invest in an experience. Get out there and discover the beauty of the world.
Can you really live life with no regrets?
Probably not completely, but it’s certainly worth giving it a try. Take an hour this week and make a realistic list of the things you really want to experience. To borrow a business term that a good friend used to love, a BHAG list – Big Hairy Audacious Goals.
Then, add a few more simple ones – things that if you only had a few more hours with someone you’d want to do. Now figure out how you are going to do them.
Do it now. Time’s a tickin’.
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