Things You Won’t Say In 10 Years

People grow numb. We acclimate. We settle to the middle. We fall in love with comfort, and in so doing, we forget that this moment is a building block with which we construct everything that’s yet to come. We make choices in the short-run that we regret in the long-run.

We fail to do the difficult thing now that we’ll eventually be glad we did.

What is that for you? What are you deferring? What is your intuition telling you that you need to act on that comfort – the thief – whispers in your ear you should defer until tomorrow? Today is all you have, and the price of regret is incalculable.

A few things you won’t say in 10 years:

“I’m really glad I watched season four of 30 Rock for the third time instead of reading a book.”

“I remember that week I worried obsessively about that thing I couldn’t control. Yeah… those were good times.”

“I’m so glad I won all of those arguments with my wife/husband/loved one. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.”

“I’m glad I decided to put off learning guitar until now.”

“I was right. Life is so much less complicated than it used to be. I have so much more time.”

“I’m so glad I spent all that money on things to impress others.”

“I’m glad I used to care so much about what other people thought of me.”

“I’m grateful that I spent an hour obsessing over that inconsiderate comment.”

“Boy – I remember when I made that snarky, cynical comment and totally burned that person. That was great.”

“I’m really glad I didn’t do the difficult, but right thing when I had a chance, especially since it’s no longer an option for me.”

These are just a few that I came up with. Please add some below in the comments.

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5 Comments

  1. Bob Evenhouse

    I’m so glad I didn’t try ___ because it was way too scary.

    Or

    I’m so glad I obsessed over every word and never finished my book!

    Reply
    • Todd Henry

      True! I’ve had to will myself to put things out into the world even though I’d love to continue obsessing over them. It’s easy to hold onto things so long that you convince yourself it’s not worth it.

      Reply
  2. Maarten

    I’m so glad I read this article 🙂

    Reply
  3. Porkchop1776!

    Excellent post … it so easy to waste energy on useless things. Thanks for the reminder, Todd.

    Reply
    • Todd Henry

      Reminder to myself as well…

      Reply

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