We spend a lot of time reminiscing about “the good old days.” We wish someone could have told us these were the days we are going to remember.
It turns out, that no matter what decade, there are always fond memories we can look back on and cherish.
One common thread though is that we don’t really remember much of the busy, mundane, everyday work (or email or Netflix or social media). We mix what we think is important with emergencies and fires.
Yet, we fill our lives with so much of it.
I think what we are really sad about isn’t that those days are gone but that the days ahead are getting shorter. And we wish we didn’t squander away what we used to have.
One way to break this cycle of regret is to focus on what is essential and rid of everything else. Difficult when our culture is fighting so hard for our attention.