What’s your biggest regret and what can you do about it?
I saw this video on a friend’s Facebook wall yesterday and it spoke to me immediately. I understood it. It broke my heart to see a board in New York, that asks people what their biggest regret is, fill up with messages.
It’s a very simple film with a very powerful message. We only have the one life so why have these regrets. Take that regret and turn it into a positive. If your regret is too large then take a small step towards it and keep taking those small steps and eventually small steps will turn into a walk and a walk can take you anywhere.
It’s the same with novel writing. Write one word after another and you have a sentence. Write some more words and you have a paragraph. Write some more words and you have a scene, then a chapter. Eventually after multiple small steps you have a novel. It doesn’t have to be a race, just small steps.
Don’t live life holding on to that regret, let it go, let it fly, let this year be the year you have your clean slate and take that step, however small or large, to whatever it is you think you would have written on the blackboard.
Life is far too short.
What are you going to change now you’ve seen this video? I’m lucky in that I’m doing one of the things I would have written up there – I’m writing. I can’t regret my health and the limitations it puts on me because there is nothing I can do about that, but I think one day when my neck is in a better place, I might go back into studying as well as writing. At the minute, I don’t have the energy, but I will hold onto that thought for the future.
How about you?