“…What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” -James 4:14
In 1994 I had just come home from a late night of playing music in a local bar in Buffalo, NY. It was so much fun, it was all I wanted to do. The next day I listened to a Tony Robbins speech. He talked about the “rocking chair” test. He said to imagine that you are 75 years old and sitting in a rocking chair reflecting on your life. Then ask yourself the questions, “What do I wish I had done in my life? If I had to live my life over, starting at (your age), how would I live? What risks do I wish I would have taken?”
Several months after taking that test I quit my job, gave away everything I owned that wouldn’t fit into my car and moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. I have NEVER regretted that decision.
(photo courtesy of icathing @flickr)
This morning I read LifeHacks blog: The top 5 regrets people make on their deathbeds and was reminded of that rocking chair test. Recently, I have been working on #3 of that list; having the courage to express my feelings. What risks are you ready to take that will keep you from living a life of regret?
Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing; Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow