Over the weekend I watched a movie called Edie. It’s about an 83-old lady who realises that she hasn’t lived the life she really wanted. After some reflection and change in her life circumstances, she decides to do the one thing that she wanted years ago and has never done – to climb Mt Suilven in Scotland. The story that unfolds through the movie is powerful. Fundamentally, it is a journey about what’s possible; age doesn’t matter at all.
In life we usually regret what we haven’t done. It’s not what we did but the complete opposite. It is the experience that we didn’t have, the feeling that we missed, the courage that we didn’t take to do something, the job that we didn’t apply for, the path that we decided not to walk… because it appeared too difficult, there was not enough time, we didn’t have people around us to support us and approve it, because there were tonnes of other excuses why it didn’t happen. We can’t do anything about the past, but we can always do something now! Just because you didn’t do something years ago it doesn’t mean you can’t have that experience anymore. You simply haven’t done it yet.
Opportunities are everywhere around us. Once we decide to go for something – once we commit – suddenly things start happening to help us on those journeys, we meet people, read about things and stumble across articles that inspire us in the right moment to move forwards. What matters though is to make that ‘yet’ happen to make sure that when you are 83 years old you have climbed all the mountains you wanted (whatever that means for you) and experienced most of what you desired.
It was Stephen Hawking who said Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Is there anything in your life that you wanted to do and haven’t done it yet? What is the one thing that you can do today to get started?
Trust yourself; it will be worth it. Just take the first step.