It’s perhaps a common mantra we repeat to ourselves at some point in our lives: Live life without regrets (or, for the more morbid, ‘Die without regrets‘). For this weekend’s round-up, I’ve scoured the internet(s) for some reminders how to do this, as well as some useful regret-free adventures that may help us on our way.
- Of course, the elderly know best how to live a life free of regrets (they’re more aptly staring death in the eye than the young, that’s for sure), as journalist Jane Brody explores in a review of a recently-published non-fiction book, ’30 Lessons for Living.’ Written by Karl Pillemer, a renowned gerontologist, ‘30 Lessons for Living‘ plumbs the well-traveled minds of over 1,000 elderly, asking them their most profound and meaningful life lessons. One useful gem (particularly for the travel-obsessed): “Travel is so rewarding that it should take precedence over other things younger people spend money on.” Another great piece of advice: “Adopt a policy of being joyful.” Begin today. (For more, see The Legacy Project at Cornell University.)
- Whip out that bucket list: here are some suggestions for ‘Seven Continents, Seven Adventures.’ Personally, I’m hoping to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro this year… one down, six to go (although I have stood on a bridge over the Salmon River – does that count?). Speaking of, Idaho was such a surprisingly beautiful part of the US. Highly recommended!
While moderation will hopefully keep us traveling for many years to come, there’s nothing better than a delicious splurge to remind us how sweet life really is (and seriously folks: I recommend only splurges, not daily doses—otherwise, how could we appreciate the sweetness?). Last time I ran a half-marathon, I ate one of these sundaes from Los Angeles’ amazing Sweet Rose Creamery—a scoop of salted caramel, dark chocolate, and homemade whipped cream. Okay, now I’m hungry.
- Living in a consumer-focused society (hello, Capitalism!) as someone aware of the environmental and social ramifications of each purchase can be challenging, at best. In order to make purchases that you won’t regret, focus on vintage (for more on this, see my holiday blog post), antiques, eco-friendly brands (my favorites for home items include Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers), and locally-produced/sourced goods (just one of many benefits of living in Southern California: farmer’s markets!). In addition, here’s a list of larger corporations that make it their goal to ‘give back.’
- When all else fails, breathe, open your eyes, and remember to live in the moment. In other words, Be Here Now (thanks, Ram Dass!).
For further impetus to live without regrets, check out Brit George Moyse, a 97 year-old sky diver:Moyer says, “I do not sit around, I get about, I go for a walk every day and I do my own cooking, washing, ironing, everything. I have just been lucky to be so agile.”