Who among us never have any regrets? Here are five things I wish I had known when I was young.
Life Goes Fast
Today, being over 60, I wish I had known that life goes by so fast…too fast! It seems to speed up the older I get. It’s like you’re traveling down the highway of life and the mile markers go by quicker and quicker. I wished I had stopped and taken the time to smell the roses, stopped to help someone on the road and that I had pulled over more often and taken that dirt road because I probably missed something.
Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
I was so naïve when I was young that I believed almost everything I heard. When I was about 5, I remember hearing that you can’t kiss a girl without her getting pregnant; as a result, I was hesitant to kiss the girl with whom I thought I was in love. I believed what I had heard and found out later that it was a lie. I was so gullible when I was young. If I had only realized that the Bible always speaks the truth; people, not so much.
Friends Are Important
The older I get, the more value I see in friendships. I wish that I could take back some of the harsh words I told my friend. Some friends I am sure I alienated. Friends increase in value the older I get because good friends are hard to come by, and I think I took mine for granted.
Today Counts Forever
All the “todays” in my life seem like a blur now. Being young at the time, I thought I was invincible, and death was the furthest thing from my life, but I started losing family and friends to the grave. I should have realized that right now counts forever. None of us have any guarantee of tomorrow. How I wished I had told my friends and family members how much I loved them and needed them. For many, it’s now too late.
Money Is not Everything
Money is not the most important thing in my life. When I was young, I thought that the pursuit of money and the acquisition of things was the main goal in life. Later on I realized that people are more important than things, and that includes money. You can always get more money, but you cannot always get more relationships. Too often I placed money or things above people, but I realize today that I had it backwards.
I could also include the fact that we shouldn’t burn bridges because we might need to cross back over them again. Also, we shouldn’t be afraid to take risks because great rewards come from great risks. I would also be less afraid to make mistakes because that’s how I’ve learned so much in life. Make them, learn from them, and grow as a result. Today I don’t have any real regrets. Life is good. God is good. I take advantage of the time that I have left and have discovered that my purpose in life is to glorify God and to be a faithful witness for Christ. That lesson was worth waiting for.