They say that life is about what you do with the time you’re given. When older people look back, they’re more likely to regret the things they didn’t do, rather than what they did.
When you think about your list of to-dos, they’re likely a combination of those necessary items that keep you alive chores and responsibilities—as well as lingering items you’d like to do if you had more time, money, and energy. Every day we make choices for where to spend the limited years given to us, so give it some thought. Due to COVID, we experienced a year of enforced slowdown, where assumptions of what life looked like were transformed. As we rebuild those lives, we can do it with intention and deliberately take on opportunities that leave us more fulfilled.
As you consider our You Can Do It! issue, enjoy thinking about travel to London, creating a cookbook of family recipes, or even just sitting down and folding a little origami. Life moves at many paces, but there’s no reason to look back with regret when you can still check something off your to-dos. As Tim Reynolds explains in his article, “Regrets, I Have a Few” you don’t have to accept every opportunity but don’t be too fearful to select the ones that excite you. Even when you reach for something, and the answer is no, there’s satisfaction in knowing you gave it a shot. And when the answer is yes, memories are made.
Heather Roulo / Editorial Director
Watch for our You Can Do It! Fall 2021 issue.