The Path of Least Regret

Dear Calliope now,

Once upon a time, you believed in dreaming big. You thought you had the whole world at your fingertips and you were ready to make your presence known in this great big world. There was no dream that was too big, no future was too bright. You saw yourself in magazines and your name in lights.

Somewhere along the way, you lost faith in yourself. You let the world decide that you were not big enough for those big dreams. Or rather, you let your perception of what the world thought of you decide that for you. You never even gave yourself a chance. Once the time came for you to be fearless, you gave up because you were too scared to take chances. You were afraid of being judged.

You decided that your chance had passed you by and you just gave up. And now you feel like you will never amount to anything.

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You have two choices. You stand the precipice of a great decision. Before you lie two very distinct and different paths. One is an easy road. One with few obstacles and challenges. But that road also has very few rewards. It has no beautiful sights to see along the way, no inspirational wonders or breathtaking moments to fulfill your heart`s desires. You won’t get stressed out or scared on that road, but you also will gain nothing by taking that path.

The other path is quite treacherous, with twists and turns, obstacles and frightening passageways. It`s a long road, and it will be tough to travel, but at the end, there is more to gain than you can imagine. By taking the path that frightens you, you will reach all the goals that you ever dreamed of reaching. You will see more beauty and feel more wondrous excitement than ever before. You’ve taken the easy road up until now. Can you say that you’re glad that you did?

Stand up tall. Wipe off all your fears and disillusionments of self-doubt. Shake off all insecurities and get yourself ready for a bumpy, adventurous ride. You can do it. You are good enough to live big dreams. You can make your mark on the world. It’s not too late. Your chances are not all gone. You’re not as old as you think; you’re definitely not too old to accomplish your dreams you set out to before.

I`ve travelled the difficult road, and I’ve seen and done some terrifying things. But I have absolutely no regrets. Regrets are the product of traveling the easy road. Awaken those big dreams again. Don’t give up on yourself until you’re dead in the grave. Only when your body has no more life in it should you decide your chance is gone. Until that day comes, keep dreaming as big as you can, and never be afraid to reach for those dreams. And never take the easy road.

Futuristically Yours,

Calliope then

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2 thoughts on “The Path of Least Regret”

  1. That’s what I’m referring to. Whenever something seemed like too big a challenge, I gave up. That’s something I would like to change in the future. I wanted to be a stage actress…Broadway, the whole shebang. I did theater in school and community theater for several years, but somewhere I lost the willingness to “put myself out there” in the way it is needed in order to audition for roles and perform on stage. Plus, motherhood kinda made it harder to put in the hours required for rehearsals, etc. I wrote this letter hoping to make a vow to myself to change that from here on out. I mat not make it to Broadway, but at least I’ll be able to say I expressed myself artistically.

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  2. When you say you dreamed big and went after your goals being a persistence pest, win or lose, you shouldn’t have no regrets. However, dreaming up something within arms reach and that doesn’t challenge your true potential and what you’re really capable of achieving is a thought that will come back to haunt you in your last days. We just want our dying words to be, “I gave it my all. I fought until I couldn’t fight no more.”

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