(Written for Danielle LaPorte’s Burning Question Series)
As we move throughout life we will receive advice from many. Some of it, although well meaning, will not necessarily “fit” with our life and direction, and some of it we take graciously, follow it and then over time it disappears.
However, every once in awhile we will receive a piece of advice that makes the dusty light bulb go off, and forever changes the way we look at life and how we live it. That happened one to day to me about 7 years back.
I was going through a big change in my life, both outer and inner, so I was in a phase where I was reading voraciously anything that could help me figure myself out. One rainy day, as I was curled up in bed with a cup of tea and reading one of these life changing books I came across of paragraph that forever changed the way I choose to live:
“When faced with a decision, fast forward to when you are 80 years old, and look back at this moment. Will you regret the decision or will you be all the happier for it?”
Although this has been said a million times and in a million different ways throughout time, at that particular moment it hit me. The importance of each decision, and how it fits into the bigger picture. At the end of the day the only person that is with me every single moment of my journey is myself. Every decision I make impacts my life and how I live it. What I learn, what I experience and how I grow. When I am 80 will I have any regrets or will I be happy with the experience? That is the path to a fulfilled life.
I never forgot that. Since that day that has been the foundation stone of any decision I make. It is my promise to myself to live a full and happy life. And I can honestly say my life has changed for the better because of it.