Way back in the 1960’s a group of college students decided on a topic for a research project, and the aim of the topic was to highlight , ” what would people do differently, if they had their life to live all over again?” So they decided to go out and interview people who were in retirement. They decided to go to 5 retirement homes and that way they could speak to over 100 people and get a reasonably wide variety of input.
When the group got together at the end of the week they couldn’t believe, almost all the answers they had received were so similar, it was like the same person answering.
All of those interviewed had said that there was nothing that they had done that they regretted, even though some had done some silly things. The one thing that stood out was that if those people could have their time all over again, they would have done more of the silly things, taken more risks, laughed more, eaten more ice cream, climbed more mountains, and just enjoyed themselves more, they all to the last one, regretted that they had not done more of the things that at the time seemed frivolous.
So here is an exercise you might like to try, sit in a comfortable chair where you won’t be disturbed for at least 10 mins. Close your eyes and imagine yourself floating up and out of your body, so that when you look down you can see the “you” sitting in the chair. Now float forward into the future you are above looking down, and you can see the you there in the future at 90 years old. You now float down into the body of that 90 year old you, and look back on your life, all the things you did, and how your life turned out, now ,”if you had that time over again, what would you do differently? and did you achieve the dreams you once had?” Relax for a few mins and absorb what you are thinking, now slowly take in three deep breaths, and on the third breath open your eyes.
I hope that this exercise has given you some insights and may benefit you in some way, they say that with the benefit of hindsight things would have been easier, this exercise seeks to give you , just that.