Have you ever wondered, in the grand tapestry that is life, what makes the people who are the most successful stand out? A lot of times, it’s the inner motivation that drives us.
As humans, we’re somewhat quirky in how we perceive time. We’re often sidetracked by the insignificant, overlooking what genuinely matters. Instead of following our heart’s desires, we find ourselves chasing shadows and living up to others’ expectations.
It’s no surprise then that, as noted by Bronnie Ware in her impactful book The Top Five Regrets for the Dying, one of the most profound regrets people voice on their deathbed is: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Now, here’s where we get it wrong: thinking there’s always another tomorrow, believing we’re masters of every twist and turn.
Take, for instance, putting off that dream vacation, waiting for the ‘right’ time to pursue a passion, or shelving ambitions thinking there’s always more time. But what is the reality? Time’s sands are ever slipping and not everything is within our grasp.
In order to truly appreciate the essence and beauty of life, it is important that we acknowledge our limited nature. When we acknowledge that our days and years are numbered, a new perspective is gained.