“I Wish I Had” or “I’m Glad I Did”

Have you ever found yourself saying “I would really love to do that”, “I have always wanted to do that”, or “I wish I could do that”, yet never actually doing it? When you have said that, have you ever sat down and had a conversation with yourself and evaluated the reasons why you haven’t? It is understandable that there are sometimes limitations that are out of our control such as finances, health or unexpected occurrences. However, I would venture to say that a majority of the time doing what we want to do is actually possible, but we lack the motivation to make it happen.

Early on in life I decided that international travel was my passion. I wanted to see new places, explore new cultures, learn about new countries and see how the world came together as a whole. I knew for that to happen that I was going to have to make sacrifices in other areas to ensure that I had the means to be able to accomplish what I so desperately wanted to do. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I now have friends all over the world that have become a part of my core friend circle. Through that experience I learned that nothing is impossible, no is not an alternative and if you truly want something, then you make the modifications and altercations to your current situation to achieve your objective.

Evaluating what you really want to do involves give and take. You have to decide what is most important to you and then make the proper adjustments to get on track for the one thing that you truly desire most. Do you want to take that trip to Disney World, or is that daily $5 cup of coffee at the specialty coffee shop more important? Do you want to see somewhere you have always desired to go or are those three dresses or suits in the closet with the tags still hanging on them more meaningful? While it would be nice to have it all, we simply can’t. It just becomes a matter of focusing on that which is going to nurture our soul more.

I have so many memories of times that I have spent with friends all over the world during my life. When we are together, we still talk about them all these years later. We laugh, we cry, we share and we love. Clothes hanging in my closet bring me no special joy. I will buy new clothes and wear those same clothes for years before I go on a spree to replace them. I decided my priorities early on and chose what I was going to enjoy more. That is where I focused my resources.

Yesterday, I wrote that we can do anything we want to do if we put our mind to it. However, being successful requires commitment. Not only commitment to the want, but commitment and belief in yourself that you can make it happen. We have a choice. We can reach the end of our lives saying, “I wish I had”, or we can reach it saying, “I’m glad I did.” At the end of the day, the decision is totally ours.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.



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