Long time back, when I was in school, I was addicted to those Agatha Christie novels. I used to read them like crazy and I believe I must have read all of them.
One of my favorite of her books is “After the Funeral”; A mystery of revolving around the murder of Mr. Richard Abernethie and his sister Cora.
I don’t really remember all the character now but I remember at one point this guy asks his sister, “Don’t you have any regrets?”, and she calmly replies, “It’s a waste of time, having regrets”.
This dialogue has been stuck in my head ever since. I read numerous other novels after this one but no other dialogue ever appealed me as this one did.
Regret. Those sad disappointing feelings that sometimes feel like they are piercing your heart.
So many times in life we fail to do something which ultimately makes us regret that moment for years to come.
Logic, society, common sense, manners, fear and god knows what all has stopped us from doing what we always wanted to do.
I’m sure all of us can count the incidents in our life we regret. Things we didn’t say, and decisions we didn’t make.
I don’t know about everybody else, but I’ve had my fair share of things that I for a long time regretted. A long list of things I wanted to do and feelings I wanted to express.
There was a point in my life when my list of regrets was longer than my list of things that made me happy. And each of those regrets were like a wakeup call for me.
I remember somebody telling me, that one day your whole life would flash before your eyes. Make it worth a watch.
I didn’t want my life to be a bundle of regrets, so I decided to just let everything go and do what my heart wanted.
Over time I’ve committed massive blunders, made horrible mistakes and made a complete utter fool of myself in front of strangers.
But I also know that in spite of all this, I made some absolutely fabulous friends, found my passion in life and did what my I wanted to do rather than what everybody else expected me to do.
And today, years after I made that decision, I stand here happy and content. I’ve realized that after all these years, I really don’t give a damn if somebody thought my choices were wrong, or if somebody did not liked the way I dressed or if somebody absolutely hated the way I talked and considered me a blubbering idiot.
Everybody around you will always keep telling you what to do and what not to do. I’ve had my parents and friends and neighbors and random people I just met tell me what I should do in life.
But at the end of everything, and with all due respect to each one of them, I made choices that I felt were correct for me. Even if they were wrong I knew that these were the choices I made and hence I’m the only one responsible for anything that ever happens to me.
All that matters today is that I did what I wanted to and that deep down inside me I know that I’m very happy.
Every single regret that we have in life is because of a simple fact, that we were not able to stand up for our happiness. It takes guts to do what you want to do and when you know everybody else is against it. But somehow I’ve seen that it is easier to go against ever body and do what your heart tells you to do than to regret it years later.
Take risks in life. Either you’ll get what you wanted or you would gain an experience which would be more valuable than anything else in this world.
Fall in love with some body and tell them about your feelings. If they do love you back then spread that happiness everywhere. And if they don’t love you back then fall headlong into a tub of chocolate chip ice cream and emerge back stronger.
Love what you do. And if you can’t love it, then ditch that stupid job and do what you love.
Dress the way you like. If you like what you’re wearing then just don’t give a damn to what others think.
Try new places to eat. Who know what food heaven you might end up finding.
If you really want to buy those funky looking shoes then go running toward those neon pink pumps. They might be super duper expensive but it’s OK to be broke once in a while.
Listen to what your heart says. Do everything you like to do. It’s your life. Do what you want to do with it.
Because someday, when you are 80 and are looking back at your life, you should feel like you’ve utilized every god freaking day and have lived your life to the fullest.
At the end, when the curtain are about to fall,you should have no regrets.