Why should we live in such a hurry and waste of life? ... I wish to live deliberately ... I wish to learn what life has to teach, and not, when I come to die, discover that I have not lived. ... I do not wish to live what is not life ...
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote really spoke to me. It actually screamed at me. What I realized a few weeks ago was that I was afraid of coming to the end of my life and realizing that I had squandered the precious seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years that I had been given.
It doesn't really matter to me what others think of me or how others feel about me. In the end what matters is my own opinion.
Am I proud of what I did during my time here?
Did I do all that I could?
Did I take anyone or anything for granted?
Please don't misunderstand. I love my family and my friends. I truly appreciate every one of you reading this. But I cannot live my life based upon what others will think of the decisions I've made. I believe we only get one shot at life. At the end I want to be able to say that I have no regrets.