Before my grandmother passed away in 2008, she declared she only wanted two simple words on her tombstone -- "No regrets."
Two short words that hold so much weight.
Now, as I continue to grow up, make big strides forward in my life and occassionally - let my fears get the best of me, I'm constantly reminded of those two words and what they mean to me. Hence, why I'm so big on bucket lists, always aspiring to be more and getting the most I can out of every day -- because I want to look back and know I did everything I wanted to.
So when I saw this pin from one of my favorite PR gurus, Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans), I was instantly reminded of my grandmother and how she founded much of my aspirer mentality.
Easier said than done, right? Well, kind of. Sometimes I think you would be surprised how easy something is if you just do it.
Take me moving out for example -- currently the source of all my excitement AND major anxiety. Not having a safety net is scary. Buying your own T.V., new bedroom furniture and throwing down a security deposit + a first month's rent is scary. But when I look back 10 years from now, married - perhaps with a little one (or two) running around, do you think I'll remember the months I lived at home and saved money -- or the months I tested myself on my own and became an independent twenty-something?
I think we all know the answer. (Myself included.)
So as much as I'm scared, clinging to the bedpost I've known my whole life in the comfort of my parents' home, I'm striding forward -- with no regrets.