10 Regrets No One Has At The End of Life. Take a sec to read it. Go ahead, I’ll wait… lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala…
So the article resonated with me, not in the sense that it said anything new. It’s kind of what you’d expect, pretty obvious stuff– spend time with your kids, tell your wife/husband you love her/him. Everyone says things like what you won’t say is– I really really really wish I’d spent more time at the office. The Facebook comment was unique to our prevailing social reality. I liked that one.
When I’m facing something out of my comfort zone, a decision I either have to make or a change I want to make, I always ask myself this question: When I’m on my death bed, what will I say?
That’s why, Jew that I am, I have a Christmas tree– although not this year because we’ll be spending Christmas in Montana where my daughter will have a Christmas tree.
Once upon a time I realized that when I am on my death bed I wouldn’t be saying– By gosh by golly I’m sure glad I never had a Christmas tree. I’d be giving myself a big fat head slap and saying– Damn! I shoulda had a Christmas tree! So we got a Christmas tree!
No excuses, no rationalizations, no apologies. Christmas tree. Christmas ornaments. Christmas presents. Christmas lights. The whole nine yards. Me. My ecstatic kids. My initially reluctant but eventually won-over husband.
When I’m on my death bed I will not be saying:
1. I should have eaten more broccoli.
2. I’m so sorry I ate milk chocolate as opposed to politically correct dark chocolate.
3. I wish I’d never learned to play Spoons.
4. Fresh air sucks.
5. I shouldn’t have taken all those risks…
One more thing I won’t be regretting when I’m on my death bed– that I love and I am loved. That’s pretty much the only thing that matters anyway.
So I may or I may not post again before we leave. The next month or so is gonna be busy around here what with travel and visitors. And I still have this stupid finger to work around. However I do plan to release a few more books in 2014 than I did in 2013, which is relatively easy since I released zero in 2013. Just one of those years… And that’s another one of those regrets I won’t have. Life happens. You gotta roll with it.
So Julia says… Love you! And Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!