One of the things I’ve learned this year is to own all of my actions and decisions. That no matter what happens after, I accept with grace and integrity. I can learn from it. I can say to myself, with my hand on my chest, that I did something–I tried, I did my best. Instead of going through life consumed with what-ifs and could’ves. Or at my deathbed, filled with regrets.

We lose people we love every day and the future is never set in stone. Anything could happen in a minute, in an hour, in a day. I would rather tell the precious ones I love that I am grateful for them every chance I get. And show them how much I appreciate and care for them in simple but meaningful ways. I would remind myself not to take the blessings and pleasures and the company I have for granted. I would risk telling a special person how I feel for them even at the cost of rejection or denial. Life is too short to collect regrets.

My truth is out there somewhere and I am free. I can finally bask in the warmth of the sun without the fear of getting burned. ☀

Image credit: Daoudi Aissa @ Unsplash

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