If you turned on the TV earlier today or last night you probably saw that Chile experienced an 8.8 earthquake and a tsunami warning was issued for much of the Pacific Basin, including Hawaii. I didn’t find out until this morning actually, and was awoken to the sounds of sirens. Back home in Wisconsin these would have been for Tornadoes, so needless to say, I was a tad confused. After jumping online and talking to family I was clearly aware that where I was sitting (half mile from the ocean) might be underwater in a few hours.
I’m not writing for pity or for any kind of sympathy, if you have any apply it in the direction of Chile, but rather to say that you never know what’s around the corner. The reason I bring this up is because many of us fear not being financially secure or owning that big house, or having the super successful career, however in the end how much does it really matter? One event can change your life and perception forever so I ask you not to define yourself by these things.
One of the questions to ask yourself to see if you’re in line with your purpose is “if I died today would I have regrets?” Death is always lingering and ever present in our lives. One slip or accident separates you from the world you live in now. The world where you have the ability to do whatever you dream, but are often imprisoned by fear. Fear of regret motivates me more than the fear of failure and I hope it does with you as well.
We lucked out today and there wasn’t any damage here on Oahu, but Chile wasn’t so lucky. Instead of writing this post with the electricity still working and in full health I could’ve been in Waikiki looking for bodies tonight. It’s almost surreal to think about that.
You never know what’s around the corner, so live the life that matters to you and makes you happiest, not the one that fits the norm and will cause regret on your deathbed.
I want to thank those of you who sent me messages earlier today of concern before we lucked out here in Hawaii. Your sentiments were appreciated.
Yesterday was normal, this morning was not, you just never know what’s around the corner.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to How to help Chile as they recover from the earthquake.