If I were able to pass on anything I’d learned to the world it would be these 4 points:
1. Life can be fleeting, regret the things you’ve done, not those you didn’t do.
Recently I’ve lost friends who were 42 and 33 years old who were amazing people whose lives ended way too quickly. Whether I live to 33 or 133 though, I want to be able to look back on my life on my last day here on this Earth and say that I tried everything I wanted to try. I had a go, I gave it my all. I’d rather have done things that I regretted, than be left with the regret of inaction on my last day.
2. No-one person on this earth has more time than you.
I admire so many amazing people, but when their achievements get overwhelming I need to remind myself that no matter who they are, they’ve got exactly the same amount of time each day as I do, 24 hours a day, 525,600 minutes in a year. What I chose to do with that time dictates how full a life I’m striving to live.
3. Change is the only constant.
If you can embrace change to the point where you love the excitement and possibilities it brings, life’s surprises will all seem like opportunities to you.
4. Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
This is my favorite quote and it’s on my wall in plain sight ever day to remind me that happiness is the true end goal, not anyone else’s version of success.