Most of us look at time as a limited resource, and in that mindset stress over things that we haven't been able to do. BP Rao takes another view , that there's always tomorrow and if you missed an opportunity it's never to late to start on it.
The bad news is that all of us have something to repent about. The good news is that it’s never too late to repent. You might not be able to do one thing that you missed- but you could quite easily immerse yourself in another which gives you that much joy- provided you give that activity the priority, it deserves.
I guess as you grow older things take on differing degrees of importance. In youth, you would seldom care about your health. With the major focus on work, it was inevitable that you pretty much took good health for granted. Something that you cannot afford to do as you get older. Likewise, for the younger person with less family responsibilities, the ability to take more risks ( be it for a career change or moving to a different environment altogether) is much higher than an older person who has more responsibilities - with less time on his side.
At the end of the day, we live life based on the choices we make and the priorities we assign. There is hope for us yet. Dennis Waitely, whom I admire as a writer,sums it up so well: ” Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you have wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow”.
People who live truly fulfilling lives make time for everything that is meaningful to them. This includes work, leisure, health and family. A balanced lifestyle is not based on a mathematical equation. What matters is not the amount of - but the quality of - time you spend on all that’s important to you.
As I see the news about the Indian moon mission those words are really relevant. Who would have thought 10-15 years ago that India would become a handful of nations to send an unmanned mission to the moon - the Chandrayaan.
Because we didn't fret yesterday about lost opportunities of the day before but focused on tomorrow and planned for it.