Ryan, my travel friend of JustChuckinIt, recently wrote his “5 Biggest Travel Regrets of 2012” which he began with the Arthur Miller quote: “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets”.
Oh, Arthur. I totally get it. It’s not about not having regrets (double negative, no regrets)—there will always be what ifs, sliding door moments, a butterfly effect; BUT everything, for better or worse, has its place in creating your present. And while you can’t change the past, you can always create a better future. Here, a few things I skipped last year…so that I can make sure to prioritize them in 2013!
1.) Vipassana-ing. There is not a lot that scares me but I would rather hug sharks (plural) than attend a Vipassana Retreat. The ten day meditation course requires not only complete silence of the voice (hard enough) but of the mind—which means no reading, writing, working out—nothing (welp). My extreme resistance is precisely why I will, at some point, force myself to do it. And in all honesty I kind of wish I could hug a shark, too.
2.) Settling. I probably mean this on a lot of levels, but mainly that I wish I could have settled down location-wise. I thought about it in Mumbai…in Sydney…in Tokyo…in Bangkok; I thought about it often but couldn’t get myself to commit, which is a pretty recurring theme in my life. But that’s another post…
3.) Writing. I struggle between writing/reflecting as much as possible and just living in the moment, having fun. The two are inextricably linked to my happiness though sometimes I feel like one comes at the expense of the other: If I’m not inspired I have no desire to create but when I’m busy creating it’s a lonesome, isolated life. When I look back, though, I always wish I had written even more, or at least more seriously.