To look back and regret something we didn’t do is an end thought that we wouldn’t want to really experience, but yes it happens but another yes to the fact that it may not always do just as long as we’re aware of what we want and the reality that if we want to achieve it we need to go for it. A lot of us are guilty of not being able to let go of things that take us further away from what really matters. On our way towards pursuing these things, we sometimes miss out on a lot.

It sometimes reaches a point where our work and career becomes our identity that we tend to forget how it is to go spend a weekend with family, have a good chat with friends and maybe even open our hearts to love. Here are common regrets we tend to overlook –

Fear of being true to ourselves. Most people live a life based on what society expects them to be or live instead of the opposite thus regret in the end. Examples are staying in an unfulfilling job instead of taking a risk and pursuing something we were passionate about. Letting go of the image you want to project and going for what you would really be willing to do is the best way to go.

Holding back how we truly feel. Feelings are meant to be expressed. Regrets grow into our very core and clingy at that, you wouldn’t want to be associated with it too, so learn to let go and leave it behind.

Having the notion of living to work instead of working to live.  I used to be a super workaholic that I probably forgot “getting a life” and my father would always remind me to take a break.  I ain’t a fan of regret and so I learned how to balance things somehow, remember that thing called “health is wealth”? Well, it really is and every minute spent being happy is a minute added to your life. Take a break, it’s a healthy habit.

Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is the right time. – Asha Tyson

Not giving it your best.  Each opportunity that comes into your life serves a purpose, you may not get it once again so grab on every chance and give it your all.

Giving out excuses all the time. The realization within you that you have been lying to yourself your whole life is something you wouldn’t want. And really, there is much truth in the saying that if you really want it you’ll find a way, if not then you’ll find a million and one excuses to do otherwise.

Spending too much time on things that don’t matter. Think of time as a valuable item, so spend it wisely and make sure it’s bent on being spent on matters that matter to you.

Living life carrying too much baggage. Fact is the world will never be perfect and we can never be stress-free but another fact is you’re not required to carry all your burdens by yourself, it pays to leave excess baggage behind, since insisting on carrying it just drags you down and inhibits you from moving forward. Again, just let it go provided there is closure.

Life is one huge risk, you wouldn’t really want to live it on your own small and comfortable space, you want to live it to its fullest, so to fully experience it we all need to take one big risk in our lives if not, we’ll perpetually be haunted with a nagging question, and that’s – What if?