The Importance of Living a Life You Won’t Regret

The Importance of Living a Life You Won't RegretWe watched a lot of romantic comedies over the holidays which usually makes me feel warm and gooey inside, but this time it felt like a lot of the stories and jokes were about people who were either miserable at work, in their relationship or raising their family.  Maybe I’m being overly sensitive, but it felt like the movies were implying that it’s normal to live an unfulfilling life, and that made me feel sad.  Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoyed the movies, but they were not a good example of how we should live our lives in the real world.

Instead of settling for a life we might regret later, I think we should take positive action every day to create the life we want.  We can easily achieve it by prioritizing the things that are most important to us, and then making them happen, step by step.  I know we all want different things — to spend more time with our kids, work less, get out of debt, relax, eat more chocolate, travel, read, run, stop drinking, start writing, etc. — but whatever they are, it’s important to remember that no one else is going to make them happen for us.

Mat and I found it helpful to make a list of the things that were most important to us and then we compared it with how we were actually spending our time and money.   It was a good exercise because it showed us that we were doing the exact opposite of what we actually wanted.  Family, friends and travel were all in one column, and working, paying the bills and watching TV were in the other.

It was a messy and difficult task for us to get our priorities straightened out, but when we made it through the transition it was totally worth it.  Wanna know how I know?  The answer came to me the other night while I was lying awake wondering how I would feel if I found out I was going to die soon (I must have watched a romantic comedy with a sad ending that night).  After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that I wasn’t as scared of dying as I used to be, and I think it’s mainly because I don’t regret what I’m doing with my life.

I am so happy with the changes I’ve made, and I wanted to share a bit of our process with you in case you want to live a life with no regrets too.  The easiest thing you can do to get started is make your own list of priorities, and then see if you can slowly work them into your life.  Don’t be afraid to make changes based on what’s important to you, and don’t worry too much about what you’re supposed to be doing.  You won’t regret it, I promise.

Danielle

PS – check out this article for a healthy dose of inspiration: 20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

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10 thoughts on “The Importance of Living a Life You Won’t Regret

  1. Nina Wolf

    Loved this!!! Very inspiring and so true. Going to make my own list tonight and maybe watch a romantic comedy or two. Not because I’m looking for inspiration but just because reading your post makes me want to feel all gooey inside, too. Maybe I’ll find one that’s not a bad example of how to live your life

    1. Danielle Post author

      Sweet! Let me know how the list-making goes :) You guys are already doing so many great and exciting things that you probably won’t have much to change!

      PS – you could just watch the new Outlander trailer on repeat – that counts as a romantic comedy right? xo

  2. Sheree

    Beautiful Danielle!
    Courageous post, especially the part about thinking on dying…I think many of us can relate to that.
    Ditto the romantic comedy sentiment ;-)

    S

    1. Danielle Post author

      Thank you Sheree! I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks about death and drying sometimes. I think it’s an important part of life that we shouldn’t be so afraid to talk about.

      I really appreciate your feedback and support! xo

  3. Greg

    I like your process of writing the things down that you enjoy/want to do and then looking at where the majority of your time is spent. Seems like this could be a great exercise and one my wife and I will go through soon! Thanks for the post!

  4. Savio Meireles

    Hi Danielle,

    Great post. Congrats and thanks for sharing with us.

    Sheree recommended me your blog and this is the first blog post I’ve read. I particularly like the minimalistic style, very short and clear, no excess, no dramas, no waste of the reader’s time. Great job!

    By the way, I also attended Joshua’s “how to write better course.” Hope to see you around the globe!

    Have a nice start of the week!

    1. Danielle Post author

      Hi Savio – I’m so flattered that Sheree recommended our blog and that you actually came to check it out! Thank you :D It’s so cool that you’ve also taken the HtWB course. I’ve found it so helpful for teaching me the writing habit and showing me how little I know about grammar haha!

      See you around the globe :)

  5. Martin Latreille

    I found you guys on Youtube when I was looking for inspiring videos of people that were thinking like me and focusing on similar life priorities. I watched each and every one of them, and loved it! A few weeks ago, I found you in great article in La Presse, realized you had a blog and that you were from Quebec like me!

    I just want to say that seeing and reading about your adventures is a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. I hope you keep it up!

    Merci!

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Salut Martin,

      Thank you for reaching out! It’s crazy how many alternative people and projects are happening in Quebec – lots of inspiration to be found :)

      Thank you also for watching our videos and reading our posts – we appreciate the support and hope you’ll keep in touch while you explore alternative lifestyles!

      Take care,

      Danielle

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