R: Regrets

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R: Regrets

You know you’re old when your regrets overcome your dreams.

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.

Margaret Mead

I’d never thought of it in this way, but after reading Margaret Mead’s wise words, it seems she’s right. Life does tend to get lumped into these three stages. As I’m nearing the outer edges of the ‘working through middle age’ stage, I don’t want to slide into an old age full of regrets.

Yes, there are some things I didn’t do earlier, and some things I couldn’t do. But I don’t want to turn into one of those cantankerous, grouchy ‘old’ people.

I think of a little video clip I saw on Facebook a few days ago. Irene O’Shea, is an Australian woman who just celebrated her 102nd birthday with her third skydive. She celebrated her 100th birthday with her first jump and has celebrated each birthday since, first giving her the title of world’s oldest woman skydiver, and this last jump giving her claim to world’s oldest skydiver.

O’Shea’s daughter died from Motor Neuron Disease (MND) ten years ago. She is skydiving to raise awareness and funding for the MND Association of South Australia. I don’t think that O’Shea is a woman that is living her life with regrets. I want to have her attitude as I get older, trying new things and living without regrets.

https://people.com/human-interest/irene-oshea-oldest-skydiver-102-years-old/

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy Nappa McCabe
    Apr 20, 2019 @ 12:44:14

    Amazing and wonderful!

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  2. kristin
    Apr 21, 2019 @ 03:13:52

    I cannot imagine sky diving at any age but I have so much to do, I will never have time for more than a passing regret for my aching knees and missing the physical things i once took for granted.

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    • trishafaye
      Apr 21, 2019 @ 14:46:02

      My son and DIL went skydiving a few times. Me? Nope. You’ll never find me doing it either. Although I admire those that do go for the challenges like this.
      I understand about the aching knees. My better half is due for a knee replacement in the next month or two. And no amount of positive thinking undoes the physical deterioration, even as it helps with the attitude & outlook, the physical pain is still there.
      Have a beautiful Easter!

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  3. Liz A.
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 01:32:30

    I suppose one can become old with regrets. So, I would think that one can remain young if one continues to try and do new things. Why not? Older people have (hopefully) the time and money to do things they didn’t when they were younger 🙂

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    • trishafaye
      Apr 23, 2019 @ 02:36:39

      Very true, Liz. There are so many classes, workshops, new crafts and skills that one can learn once there’s more time. All which contribute to keeping the mind alert and thriving. Great thought!

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  4. AJ Blythe
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 12:13:03

    Irene makes the news every year here (Australia) with her sky diving. I’ve done loads of extreme sports, but the free fall part of skydiving is off putting for me (the same reason I will never bungie).

    Visiting from A-Z
    AJ Blythe

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  5. T.S. Valmond
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 01:12:54

    Funny, I have no desire to jump out of a plane either but I would live in space or on another planet. I think that makes me a little weird but I have no regrets 🙂 – Dragons & Spaceships

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  6. Sheryl
    May 06, 2019 @ 00:02:29

    I like the Margaret Meade quote. I don’t think that I’ll be doing any skydiving, but I plan to enjoy old age.

    Reply

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