“Why is it?” I asked Steve.
“What are you talking about?” he replied.
“I’m sorry. Why is it that you are telling me that you missed your call?” I clarified.
“I guess that’s what we do when we are dying: we look back at our lives, don’t we?”
“And what do you regret you haven’t done?”
“I should have traveled more, lived a life with more adventure and fun, and helped more people than I did.”
“And why haven’t you?”
“It is the same old story, and you know it. I listened to too many people and not enough to myself. I did what was expected of me, and not what I wanted to do. I did not pay enough attention to the voice within me.”
He remained silent for a while.
“Looking back now, it saddens me to remember how many times during my life I paid attention to voices that were telling me that I wasn’t good enough to accomplish my dreams, or that I should wait because it wasn’t the right time.”
He paused again.
“I deeply regret when I surrendered to those voices and decided to wait or play it safe. Great opportunities passed by and they never came back. And here I am now, dying without having done what I should and could; dying without having given my greatest contribution to the world. I deeply regret this. I should have been truer to myself. I should have cleared my head, listened to my most courageous inner voice, and allowed my highest and most authentic self to come out. I lived a fearful and timid life, and I regret this immensely.”