I was recently watching a really heartwarming documentary about the 9/11 tragedy called "Boatlift." I have placed it at the end of this post for you. The 11 minute video chronicles the largest boatlift/mass-evacuation in history.
To put things in perspective, the largest rescue and one of the most famous boatlift rescues up until 9/11 was at the battle of Dunkirk where over 300,000 men were rescued by boat from almost certain death by the Nazi's. This was done over a couple days and saved the allies chances to win the war.
When 9/11 happened, ordinary citizens - ferry operators, tug boats, commercial boats, and people with boats all came together and evacuated over 500,000 people off of Manhattan and did it in less than
9 hours! It is truly an amazing story that not many people have probably ever heard.
There is one part, at the very end of the video where one of the commercial boat operators talks about how he has one philosophy in life that he follows and has taught his kids.
That philosophy? "Never go through life saying I should have..."
He's right. When your life comes to an end, all of the "should haves" will come into focus. All of the things that you wanted to do, but never took the time or chance to do will be forefront. This has been studied many times and it's always the same. People wished that they did their "should haves."
Never go through life saying I should have...
Don't put off the things you know you should do and want to do with your life. If there is something you know you should do, do it. If you give it a shot and fail, at least you will know that you gave it a shot...and if you succeed, well, even better.
Does this mean you have to do something radical? No, but it does mean you have to take some chances, get out of your areas of comfort, and push yourself in ways that you haven't before. If you do, you'll be better for it.
The only things you miss in life are the shots and chances you don't take. It may sound like a platitude, but it is true and has been since man has existed.
Get out there and turn your "should haves" into "I dids!"