Regret #1: I Wish I’d Lived a Life True to Myself Instead of the Life Others Wanted me to Live
Not the life other people wanted for me.
Or the life portrayed by popular movies, TV shows, and social media.
Or the life of my parents’ unfulfilled dreams.
Not the life my friends told me I should live, believing they knew all the answers, and telling me I should dedicate my finite time to the goals they were blindly pursuing.
None of these lives are yours. None of them belong to you at all. You have to listen to that voice deep inside your head – the one that softly whispers, “There’s a better choice. Have the courage to walk in that direction…”
One of the biggest regrets of men is that they waste their lives pursuing things that are inauthentic and incongruent with their deepest desires.
We waste so much of our finite time on earth doing things we don’t even enjoy. We watch TV and scroll through pictures and videos on social media, we spend our days watching porn with women we’ll never meet, and dream about the lives of people we don’t know. Do you actually like doing those things?
There is a better way. We have such limited time – but unlimited curiosity. We must use that curiosity as our guide to find our path and purpose in life, and to go after it fully, with every ounce of focus and drive inside of us.
Life can feel like a heavyweight sometimes – which is why we need to face it with the same intensity we bring to our last rep at the gym, bearing all the weight against us as we fight voraciously to lift it up with our last ounce of breath.
If we approached life in this same way, we could move mountains. We could live a life we never thought we’d experience.
The choice has always been yours.
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