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Live without regret

Monday, 23 March 2015





Recently I discovered ‘Right before I Die.’ A photographic project created by photographer Andrew George. He spent two years photographing 20 people living with terminal illness. In addition to the portraits George also interviewed each individual about their lives, regrets and final moments. You can read more about the project here.

For me, this project really got me thinking.

One of my biggest fears is getting to the end of my life and feeling as though it wasn't truly fulfilled. That I didn't do all the things I want to do or live in a way that I want to live. I'm scared of having regrets.

I think everyone is a little guilty of taking life for granted. We all live with the expectation that we are guaranteed so much more life to live and so we tend to put things off.

Everyone has ideas in their head of what they want their life to be like but quite often the reality is very different and I think a lot of the time we're scared. We’re scared of leaving certain things behind. We’re scared of the consequences of our actions and we’re just scared that things might not work out.

Right now I hate the job I have. I cry all the way home after every shift I work but I stay because of the money. Looking at the project created by Andrew George made me realise that those at the end of their lives don’t care about how many hours they worked or how much money they made they care about their memories and the people they made them with.

A long time ago I created a bucket list. A lot of the stuff on there is based around travelling but I'm 20 and I've still not travelled. I'm scared of doing it alone and again I'm scared of the financial side of things. This project has made me want to make a change. I've never regretted anything I've done but I will always regret the opportunities I've missed out on 

I want to create a life that I love living.

I'm going to get out of that job I hate. Stop worrying about money and go out and experience all the things I want my life to be made up off so that one day I can look back on my life and know that there is not one thing I missed out on. I will not regret the life I've lived.

I guess this post is just a little reminder to live.

 Not just exist but actually live.

Take risks, say yes and have fun.

Live. 

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