Looking back is always about the “good old days.” The reason they’re good is because of seizing the day and making the most out of it. Living with regret is no way to live. We’re in crazy times right now. In a week, a month, a year, or even a decade, it’s important to know you’ve been around, seen some things, and done some things. Otherwise, you’re going to be left telling stories about how you stayed inside for half a year while watching the world go by outside of your window. Those are lame stories and certainly not the ones you want to be telling.
Live the Life You Want to Live
There’s a whole life out there, waiting for you to live it. If you’re in Minnesota, there may be some amazing fishing holes waiting to be tapped. If you’re in Texas, there’s a hiking trail waiting to be stomped on. How many times have you heard someone telling you about their weekend and felt instant regret? It’s because you’re not out there doing it, too. They’re living a better life than you. Why is that? Get out there and discover all that is in your backyard and beyond.
It doesn’t matter whether you wear a mask. It doesn’t matter whether you grab a bottle of sanitizer on your way out the door. What matters is that you’re embracing the value of the present. If you lose out on the opportunity to live life to the fullest today, what is there for you tomorrow?
There’s no telling what tomorrow brings or even if there will be a tomorrow. Close your eyes and think about what living your best life looks like. It may be embracing a new skill or spending more time in the great outdoors. Whatever it is, you can do it. You can live it. You’ll be happier for it, too.
Don’t let others dictate what you can and cannot do. You’ll end up resenting them. You’ll end up unhappy. At some point, you have to decide that you’re going to live for you. The sooner you decide that the sooner you’ll start experiencing real joy.
Feel Some Pain, Feel Some Joy
Is every day you live life to the fullest going to be the greatest day of your life? Of course not. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. You might get hurt. You might gain a scar that also tells a story. One day, years from now, you can show off your scars to show you’ve lived. Your grandkids might think it’s cool. Your spouse might think you’re an idiot. Who cares? It shows that you’ve lived, and that’s what’s really important.
There’s also going to be joy. You’ll have memories to look back on and smile about. You might have incredible photos or selfies or videos to share about it all. Most importantly, you can have the peace of mind knowing that there are no regrets in the way that you lived.
The joy you have is often based on the seeds you plant, and, sometimes, quite literally. Think about the big, shady trees out there. You want one? The time to plant one was 20 years ago. The person who did plant it was thinking about the now. You still want one? The next best time to plant one is now. It’s so that, in 20 years, you don’t think about what could have been.
You can feel pain, you can feel joy, but the point is that you’re feeling something. There’s still a lot of good in the world, but it can require you to go out there and find it. If you wait for it to come to you, you could be waiting a while.
Could Have, Should Have…
Do you know what regret sounds like? I could have done this… I should have done this… When those words are spoken, you know that you didn’t live life to the fullest. If you’re not out there doing what you want to do, you won’t have the opportunity to look back and talk about the good old days because the days might be old but they weren’t good.
Especially with half the country still in self-isolation, there’s a lot of talking about the good old days. These were happening just months ago. Movie theaters in Minnesota, wineries in Texas, theme parks, bowling alleys, the list of things we used to have fun with are a thing of the past. If you weren’t enjoying it all, you missed out. What else are you going to miss out on?
Don’t wait for the moment when you say you “could have” or “should have.” Instead, your stories should start with, “I did.” It makes for a fuller life and one with no regrets.
Have a Place to Enjoy with No Regrets
You should have planted a tree 20 years ago to enjoy the shade today. You should have built a pole barn yesterday to enjoy the space today. If you don’t want to live with regrets, what are you going to do about it?
With the versatility offered by a steel building, you can turn it into anything you want. It can be a space where you keep all of your toys, allowing you to seize every day by the horns. It can be a space where you go to escape the rest of the world. It can even be a place where you turn your dreams into a reality. A brewery, a distillery, or even a small diner. Dream small. Dream big. Just be sure that those dreams are acted upon.
Building a pole barn has never been easier with Sherman Pole Buildings. We’ll make sure that you’re living the life you want to live by providing you with customizable options. You choose the size, the features, and so much more. Our affordable solutions will leave you wondering why you didn’t act on this sooner. That’s okay, though, because five years from now, you can look back and thank yourself for going through with it when you did.