We’ve all heard it: If you want to live life to the fullest, research shows you’ve got to let go of regret. I’ve thought about this a lot lately. As a full-time publisher/influencer I spent a lot of time behind a screen. But this year I want to balance my time more. I am trading screen time for face time.
Even though I spent many hours on my phone for work I do find it extremely sad when I notice all these people around me burying their faces into their phones. You can’t go anywhere these days without seeing people with their faces buried in a screen. It seems we all suffer from FOMO. The fear of missing out. And yet we let meaningful connection fall to the wayside. Last summer when I went back to Germany to visit family and friends something stuck with me; my simple admiration how Europeans live their lives.
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Life is less stressful over there (social media isn’t quite as big as it is here) and that’s when it hit me: When I am old and gray, I won’t be going to reminisce about my work email I sent earlier in the day or the selfie a classmate I haven’t seen in 20 years just posted. I will reflect on the special moments, moments with family and real friends. So, this is year I consider myself free. I am going to be intentional about spending time with family and friends now. Why? Because these are my good days. There’s so much wonder happening right in front of you. If you blink, you just might miss it.