“Just keep being true to yourself, if you’re passionate about something go for it. Don’t sacrifice anything, just have fun.” ― Blake Lewis
I was recently reading an article about the top 5 regrets of the dying. This was number 1 on the list.
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
As it turns out, this is the number-one regret of individuals who are on their deathbed. Of course, we should keep in mind that regret is not something to embrace, as it only adds negativity to our lives. But we can learn from our regrets, as well as from those of others—and I believe that this might be a perfect example.
If you really think about it, we don’t remain very true to ourselves a lot of the time. Husbands and wives will fight with each other because of things like stress and money, though they will go to work and force a smile onto their face for the boss that they despise. Parents will take out their work frustrations on their families while putting all of their effort into doing well at a job that they don’t even care about.
People also apply for, accept, and get up every day to go to work at jobs that they don’t love. There are a lot of people out there who have dreams, passions, and desires that they would love to pursue—and yet, they feel trapped because of where they are in life.
So why is it so difficult to remain true to ourselves? Why don’t husbands and wives tell their bosses off instead of each other? Why don’t parents quit their jobs when the stress attached to them begins to interfere with life at home? Why do people continue to do things that they don’t enjoy?
If you can find the answer to these types of questions in your own life, then you will probably be closer to the truth than most people. Maybe we are too busy living up to the expectations of others instead of focusing on what we really want. Maybe we have started valuing a paycheck over our loved ones. Maybe we have forgotten that money isn’t everything because we believe that we need to have a certain amount of it in our bank account to be successful.
At the end of the day, maybe we just need to pursue what and who is important to us, while moving the other things further down in our priority-list.