Imagine You’re 80 Years Old

The latest exercise in The Happiness Trap asks the reader to imagine being 80 years old and finish the following sentences:

  • I spent too much time worrying about…
  • I spent too little time doing things such as…
  • If I could go back in time, then what I would do differently from today onward is…

I must say this is challenging simply because I have never expected nor wanted to live that long.  So I’m reframing it as “imagine being near death”.

I spent too much time worrying about what other people think of me.  I spent too much time worrying about whether I would enjoy activities.  I spent too much time worrying about whether I would regret my choices.

I spent too little time doing things such as working on my hobbies.  I spent too little time doing things such as communicating with friends.  I spent too little time doing things such as visiting family.

If I could go back in time, then what I would do differently from today onward is post comments freely, build more structure into my days, and ask for what I want.

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2 thoughts on “Imagine You’re 80 Years Old

  1. I also want to develop closer relationships and post and comment more. :) no better time to start , right :)

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