Many people come up to me after my speaking programs and say, “I wish I would’ve heard you when my kids were young.” There is sadness and regret over what are perceived as missed opportunities and memories lost.
I get it. One of the reasons I do what I do is to make sure people have as few “if onlys” as possible. But you can’t sail to the bright future in front of you when you’re anchored to the “if onlys” of the past.
I’ve seen movies that start slow, barely holding my attention. There’s not a lot going on. It’s unremarkable. But sometimes there is a spark, a turning point that takes place that catapults the story into a thrilling new direction. Suddenly I’m completely engaged, drawn into the story and excited to see how it ends.
Life can be like that. We get caught up in the river of rules and expectations set forth by others and the current pulls us in a predictable direction. It’s safe and plain and comfortable, with nothing too exciting going on.
But sometimes there is a spark, a moment that jolts us into a new way of thinking and an opportunity for a fresh start.
We all have backstories. Dark times, skeletons in our closet, or even just the regretful ache of time wasted. If we could go back in time, I’m sure everyone would have at least something they’d like to do differently. Until we can figure out how to really bend time with Delorians going 88 miles per hour, that is a pipe dream. Feel sad, sure, but use that sadness to fuel a change. See that spark as the gift that it is: an opportunity — and an obligation! — to do better right now.
Despite the missteps or missed opportunities you’ve experienced, know this: the credits have not yet rolled. You are not finished.
You can’t change the beginning of your story, but you can change the ending.
If you are still breathing, there is still story to be told.
Just Me says
Jason thank you! I need to etch your picture in my mind and in front of me. With a new diagnosis of Melanoma in front of me I want to focus on all the dreams I have had to become a writer and speaker and boldly do it to counter balance the fear and reality. You are right! We are not sank yet as long as we are breathing. And even then we have hope! As always , your weekly articles touch us and help us grow! Thank you.
Thank you so much for the kind words! Shining a light to others is a great privilege of mine.
Big courage, hugs, and hope to you going forward!!!
Excellent article Jason. As Wayne Dwyer says “Don’t die with your song still in you”
Mary Lynn says
Thanks again, Jason. Just celebrated my 60th birthday, and I love being reminded how much wonderfulness is yet to come! Your posts help me remember how I want to be.
It’s quite the privilege, Mary Lynn. Thanks!
I just want to thank you for your positive, encouraging blogs. My story has taken that turn and going into an “exciting new direction”. I keep trying to “remember Stanley” and step out of my comfort zone. It’s worth it every time! Thank you so much!