The following has been adapted from a social media post.
One word drives my ambition and craziness (and probably what some people see as border line delusion; who cares what they think): REGRET. Never do I want to look back at things I possibly could have done later on in life.
I am determined that at later stages in my life never will I look back and say things like “I could have done ABC if I just showed some courage and did not allow what people thought and said to affect my decision making” or “How I wish I could have done XYZ when I still had so much energy and I was younger with less responsibilities”.
Fear of the unknown and what has never been tried is natural. Different people have different levels of fear and different tolerances for trying new and unknown things. Complicating this natural tendency is social pressure and not wanting to do things which deviate from what the crowd does.
In putting so much premium into what people say and think when making life decisions, a couple of questions need to be asked. We need to always ask ourselves if those people whose opinions we put so much value will be around or remember what they said during our later days of regret. We also need to ask, if such people will easily be swayed if they were in our predicament and making their life choice and decisions.
Their is nothing wrong in chasing our life dreams and ambitions and being guided by what you see as best for yourself once you respect the right of others to do the same. Obviously, such decisions occur only after some consultation from family, loved ones, and friends in which they give you their opinions. In all my observations, I can say that people who follow their dreams and are undeterred by the opinions of others or how crazy and unrealistic they might look or sound usually live the most productive and fulfilled lives.