Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
There are very few travel quotes that have made me sit up and think, but this particular quote by Mark Twain changed my life. That might sound over exaggerated, but it truly did.
Back in 2012, I was approaching my 40th birthday and I came across this quote. It stood out to me like a shining star in the sky. At the time I was feeling low and spent my working day sat at my desk, looking out of the window and longing to explore the world.
Lifetime of regrets
My biggest fear is not of dying, but having a lifetime of regrets. It’s important to plan for retirement by putting money into your pension, but you don’t want to sit there in your old age, continuously saying to yourself, “I wish..” It’s important to sit back and remember the amazing life that you have experienced because you have lived the life that you wanted to lead.
Counting down to retirement is not an option. What I also love about this quote is, it’s emphasising the point that you should take yourself out of the comfort zone, and when you’ve worked for the same organisation for 24 years, it is very, very difficult to get out of that zone.
Who is Mark Twain
According to Wikipedia, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and born un November 1835 in Missouri, United States. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.