When giving advice to young people, who for the most part don't listen to what older people have to say anyway, the one thing I try to emphasize is to make good choices, to consider options carefully, especially when it concerns an important decision or direction in life.
I can look back at the last fifty or so years of my life and see how the choices I made impacted my future... what doors were opened to me and which ones I closed or turned away from, or missed altogether because I wasn't paying attention. I've made a lot of "interesting" choices along the way - we could call them mistakes, or we could call them lessons, or we could just say I took the roads less traveled.
With other choices my life could have been so much easier and more fulfilling, but then again, if I had made other choices and gone down other roads I wouldn't be the person I am now, and I am pretty much ok with who I am, I really don't have big regrets about what I've done in life, but I am disappointed at some of the choices I made, especially where they impacted other people, and I wish that I would have thought it through more carefully.
I do sometimes wonder about the other choices - the opportunities that I overlooked, ignored, and sometimes even ran from. I can't help but wonder what those things would have been like and where they might have taken me. There were some pretty interesting opportunities along the way, and all these years later I can't help but wonder what if...
I'm linking up with In Other Words over at Patricia's Place
where the writing prompt was the following quotation:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do."