Ninety-year-olds were asked: If you could live your life over, what would you do differently? Three answers recurred: I would reflect more. I would risk more. I would do more things that would live on after I’m gone. This isn’t a mini-do-over, re-inventing ourselves at 31 or 47. This is all-in, all-over, no do-overs allowed. It certainly forces reflection.
What risks should you take, right now? What will you create that will live on after you? There’s no sense waiting for our 90’s to regret what we didn’t do…because we chose not to! Thank you, you anonymous 90-year-olds, for sharing your life-wisdom.
Like the Roman scholar, Cato, in response to the question: Why start learning Greek at the age of 80? His reply: It’s the earliest age I have left. Hell! This is the earliest age any of us has left to do anything.
If you could live your life over, what would you do differently? What would I do differently? What should I risk, starting now? What will I leave behind that’s meaningful? And: What will I regret not having done, looking back? Please remember—this is the earliest age any of us has left to live what we want our life to be.
If you could live your life over, what would you do differently? Let’s begin to answer it now and not be praying for a do-over when we’re running out of life!