In my next life
I love my life, but it has taken me a long time to get to a place where I am truly comfortable. There are many things that I wish that I had done, or wish that I had done differently when I was younger. I think that it is important to reflect on these things as I move into the second half of my life.
Why? So that I can embrace the opportunity to do some of these things if possible, so I can advise my daughter to celebrate the moment, so that I can share with my family the lessons that my first 40 years have taught me. I am calling this post: IN MY NEXT LIFE…maybe there never will be a “next life” per se, and maybe I will be able to achieve some of these things in my current life, but if I ever the world decides to give me another go-round, these are some of the things that I would do differently.
In my next life I will be more adventurous. I will travel and experience the world when I am young. I will go overseas on a semester abroad and I will buy a big backpack and just start traveling. I will live in at least 3 other countries for a few months and I will meet many people from all over the world. I will also buy a EurailPass and just go…for as long as I can.
In my next life I will keep a journal. A real journal, so that I can accurately remember the important (and not so important) things.
In my next life I will not wait until I turn 40 to be smart in my relationship choices. I will start out earlier making better decisions. I will not date people who are mean or abusive, I will not give too much of myself without getting much in return and I will be sure that if someone wrongs me, I determine an effective way to shame them without feeling guilty about it.
In my next life I will be a more skilled fighter. I will be direct in my expectations and I will stand up, loudly for what I believe in. I will not be shy about having a different opinion, and I will not always say yes just to assure that others are happy and okay. I will take better care of myself and my opinions and I will take more of a stand on the things that have meaning to me.
In my next life I will be a little smarter about money.
In my next life I will start having children a little earlier so that I do not have to put so much pressure on myself to decide when (and if) to have the next one.
In my next life I will treat my mother with more grace and kindness and I will get to know my father better.
In my next life I will be more brave and I will make choices that allow me to exhibit that bravery.
In my next life I will set goals for myself annually and work hard to achieve them.
In my next life, I will not allow myself to focus on the negative self-talk, but work to build my self-esteem from within.
In my next life, I will have no regrets.
- 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself (lesleycarter.wordpress.com)