According to my brother
The basic idea of this is when the time comes and you’re older, sitting in your rocking chair, you will be able to think back and have as little memories of regret as possible. That hopefully, during your lifetime, you will try do all the things you truly want to do and you will live each day to the fullest. To say yes more than you say no because you only get one life to live. And you should never settle for what makes you feel “ok” as opposed to amazing.
So far in my life I can honestly say keeping this theory in mind has led me to most of the best decisions in my life. I have lived in another country for the better part of 7 years now. I have played at exclusive golf courses and lived in mansions with people I am lucky enough now to call friends. My friendships expand to literally all over the world. There is so much I have done so far that I am grateful for. Having a more open mind has allowed me to enjoy new experiences, and its amazing the things you get to explore once you do that.
I’ve always been very realistic, and although it has helped me make very wise decisions, it has sometimes forced me to sacrifice what I really love. I always felt this was the smart way to live, and it’s taken me a really long time to understand that you need to at least find the balance. Yeah, you may live a life that is secure and safe, but for me I prefer to take the risk. Your lows may be low but the highs you will have, they’re the moments worth living for. Doing things because someone tells you to, or because society expects it of you isn’t the pathway to your happiness. It is the pathway to theirs. And it’s your job to make you happy first. I now follow my heart a lot more closely, and this way of thinking has encouraged me to leave for America, get a degree while playing Division 1 College Golf and turn professional. Not to mention all the places I’ve been and people I’ve met on the way.
So do your best to limit your regrets when the day comes and you are sitting in your rocking chair. You are never too old to follow what your heart desires and start really enjoying life. The best days of mine I’m convinced, are yet to come.