Whenever people ask me, what is my biggest fear? So many thoughts flash through my mind
It’s not snakes, though I’m definitely not a fan of Nagini in Harry Potter
It’s not astraphobia, though you wouldn’t be able to pay me to stand outside in a thunder storm
It’s not even death itself; I’ve come to terms with death and though I’m definitely not ready for it, I understand that it’s a natural part of life on earth
If I had to distil my greatest fear down into one simple statement it would be…
… the fear of getting to the end of my life and looking back at opportunities I didn’t take.
We are blessed with so many choices.
Whether we want to play sport, travel or follow creative pursuits – every single opportunity is there.
We all have desires and passions, the things that we love to do. Those activities where we truly feel ‘at home’
I wonder what those are for you?
For me whether it’s dancing out in the ring, running down the wing on the football pitch or sitting at the piano creating music I feel at peace. Everything fades away and for those magical moments I am in my purest form.
We don’t always know what it is that sets our heart on fire straight away.
When I was younger if you’d have told me that I’d find my peace from a combat sport I would’ve laughed.
Doing my roadwork and running for boxing was my most despised activity. I couldn’t see the sense behind this repetitive activity, however just years later one of my most formative personal experiences would come in the form of a 21km half-marathon…
… life’s ironic hand always has the last life.
Without giving these activities a try I would never have discovered them. Sometimes in life that’s all it takes is just stepping a bit out of our comfort zone and it may lead to magic.
“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever does”
I want to live in such a way that I take every opportunity to experience all I can in the world. To continue to take risks, to never be withheld by internal doubts that I may not be good enough, I want to pursue the excitement that eternal learning and growth brings.
I’ll finish with one of my favourite passages by Les Brown –
“Imagine you will be on your death bed and standing around your bed are the ghosts of the ideas, the dreams, the abilities, the talents given to you by life.
These are the ideas that you never pursued, the dreams that you never acted upon and the talents that you never used
The question is, if you were to die today, what ideas, abilities and dreams would die with you?”
My aim is at the end of my life to be content with all I’ve done.
To have no ghosts around my bedside because I lived the life that I chose instead of a life that I settled for.
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