Once you meet me, you will find that I am a simple person. I love the simple life. I live in the house I grew up in. My close circle of friends is limited yet I have acquaintances everywhere I go. I enjoy going to work but once I’m home, I don’t want to leave. I try hard not to complain because no one really cares and it does not good anyway. I live my life by my own rules and I have always marched to the beat of a different drummer.
I have never taken the easy way in anything I do in life. I have always had to learn for myself, to get where I am going one my own. There have been bumps along the way, some worse than others. Thinking about them, I realize one thing, I would do everything exactly the way I did it the first time.
I am the person I am today because of the paths I have taken, the beats I have followed and the mistakes I have made along the way. I am the only one responsible for the choices I have made. Everyday, I make the choice to be the person I truly am and not what I think people see me as.
I refuse to hold onto the rail, passing my time in mundane, boring ways. I want to live my life to the fullest and have fun along the way.
As I grow older, I realize that it is up to me to live each day of my life with no regrets. I manage to do this by being proactive everyday. I do what I want to do, go where I want to go and be the person I know I am not what others think I need to be.
I decided long ago that the only way I could live life with no regrets is to be proactive everyday not just when it is convenient to do so. I try to look at life’s problems as possibilities; obstacles are viewed as opportunities to learn and mistakes as experiences to learn and grow from.
I began thinking about regrets in life the other day when I was at the doctor, and one of the things that was said was “Well, you know at your age” I am so tired of hearing that. I am tired of every time I turn around, the doctor wants me to have another screening. I have had some severe health issues in the last few years, but over all I am in pretty good health and I’m definitely not ready to leave this life.
So in my reflections, I saw myself taking the road less traveled and marching to the beat of my own drum. I could hear my Mom say, “Why don’t you listen to what I say? Why do you have to learn everything the hard way?”
That’s the mystery of life. One takes the less travel path; one takes the well-traveled worn path. We each end up at the same place but only one had adventures along the way. Life is what we each make it. If you live everyday thinking “What if” you will never move forward, never be happy and will always have regrets.